Flicker Feeding

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I’ve really had some wonderful encounters with Northern Flickers (Red-shafted) this past month.

At this instance, I was watching several young ones hammering at the soil, foraging for insects.Β  Not quite self-sufficient just yet, because a parent swooped in alongside one of the juvenile males for a feeding.

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Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) parent beginning to feed a juvenile male

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“Down the hatch, one….”

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“Two….”

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“Three!”

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It wasn’t until the parent turned did I find out it was the male parent.Β  πŸ™‚

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“Burrrrppppp….”

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The juvenile could look a little more pleased to had have dinner fed to him, you think?  😏

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41 thoughts on “Flicker Feeding

  1. Love the last picture, perfectly composed and interesting expressions on those faces. As if they’re both thinking, ‘it is what it is…’ Wonderful pictures, Donna!

  2. That is so nice! You have captured a great moment in a bird’s life. Excellent shots, Donna. πŸ™‚

    • This continues yours/my comments. πŸ™‚ So if the parents on working on mating for brood #2, I was thinking that it kind of made sense why these youngsters appeared so big in size, because I thought too they were huge! You think? Whew, two broods in one season, I don’t know…. πŸ₯΄

  3. Oh how lovely, Donna, to have captured this series of the parent and juvenile flickers. So often flickers are in trees, and a little tricky for photos, so this was great with the green grass.

    • Thank you, Jet! I had a marvelous few weeks finding numerous flickers in several areas, it was like a flicker gold mine. πŸ™‚ Getting to see your red-shafted was special, we have the yellow-shafted variant on the east coast.

  4. Snicker… oh them youngsters- never any gratitude!
    Donna, what a truly lovely series. It is such a pleasure and a treat to catch images like these. And the kicker is to catch such perfect images of the event! I’d give it a perfect 10!

    • Hehe, I just love the youngsters too! They look so ungrateful, and it cracks me up. Thank you very much, Gunta, for your kind comments, I had a lot of fun with the flickers, and it was great because no other humans were around. πŸ™‚

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