This year is the first one that our tiny apple tree has borne fruit and I’ve been both uncertain and lazy about harvesting it. The first one I picked was definitely not ready. Ready or not, the other day I was pleased to discover that it’s providing a welcome food source for northern flickers (colaptes auratus) that have been steadily pecking at them. They’ve come back repeatedly for lunch.
I haven’t been able to get any closer than these shots. They’ve got that “here comes another dumb photographer” radar and take off the minute I touch the door to move in for a better view. Northern flickers are members of the woodpecker family. They have a black bib on their chests that looks a bit like a big heart. They often visit urban gardens in the winter.