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Northern Flicker "Yellow - Shafted"  - Colaptes auratus

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Size: 12"

Brown back with black lines and spots. White to brown below with black spots and dark crescent on breast. Yellow shafted has a red patch on back of neck and yellow wing linings.

Voice: wicka - wicka - wicka

Range: Resident ofNorth America from Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Florida and Mexico.

The Northern Flicker has to be the loudest bird in our neighborhood. We hear them 99% more than we see them. They mostly don't  stray from the edge of our woods and have been elusive to photograph. I got these pictures while watching Hummingbird wars. I noticed Miss Flicker sitting on our fence. I swear it looked like she was watching the Hummingbird wars with me.

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