Baby Pictures:  Northern Flicker


Blogger's "Next Blog" link at the top of their pages makes it possible to randomly explore other Blogger sites.  I always hope to discover some new nature blogs.  Instead, I seem to always end up mired in other peoples' baby pictures.  No offense, but it's not what I'm looking for.  In response, here are some of my own.


These are the fledged young of Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) caught by the Birdcam at various ages.  Mom always seems to be nearby.  This is a good example of what a useful tool the Birdcam really is.  It catches scenes I have never seen in real life.  It's nice to get these unique shots of one of my favorite birds.


Northern Flickers occur in two color forms defined by the undersides of their wing and tail feathers.  While I do see both pure Red-shafted and Yellow-shafted birds in the yard, most of my Flickers are Red/Yellow hybrids with orange shafts.  This year's crop of chicks seems to be continuing that pattern.  This male youngster sports a hint of a nape chevron usually seen in the Yellow-shafted race.  His red moustache is a characteristic of the Red-shafted form.  The blush on his forehead is unique.


Northern Flickers are as charming as they are beautiful.  They like to make short drumrolls on the metal chimney cap of my fireplace, my deck posts and even the side of the garage.  In the spring, this is a display to attract mates.  At other times it announces territorial rights.  They don't do any damage, and it makes life at the edge of the forest more interesting.  Enjoy this gallery of Northern Flicker baby pictures.





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  1. How have I missed this blog of your's, Dave? I need to add it to my blog roll. I like your post on the flicker and can see I've got a lot more to explore.

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  2. What a cool thing, that birdcam! I was awakened once way too early on a sunday morning by a flicker ratatatat on my metal chimney cover.
    Anyway, I was kayaking up today in Skagit Bay and we got over to Whidbey and were headed round to Cornet Bay but the wind was too fierce coming through Deception Pass to do battle. So we stopped before getting to the bay and lunch on a beach looking east over Skagit Bay, Skagit Island, and Mt. Baker in the distance, headed back to Snee-Oosh Beach. Gorgeous day!!
    I had remembered a post you did some months ago about a new island park near Fidalgo and was trying to locate that...is that in Skagit Bay or Cornet Bay? cheers.

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  3. Hi Dave,
    thanks for the informative response to this question on my blog! I was checking here to see if you responded, I usually respond to questions on a blog post in the same comment trail. Anyway, I have paddled past that island many times then, it's directly east of Skagit island? will check a map. Often we stop for lunch at the campsite on the east side of Skagit island (also cuz of the toilet). Glorious day, think I'm going to blog about that tonight or tomorrow even though I've already done a blog post about kayaking in Skagit Bay....BTW, my friend Julie that I kayak with a lot (and was with me yesterday) is also a pharmacist - she's a clinical pharm D at UW Medical Center (transplant specialist.) cheers!

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  4. Jill, this time I will answer here. I never know if people are looking back here to find a reply. Let me know if you see this. Yes, Kiket is the one just east of Skagit. Flagstaff is the little peace connected to Kiket by the tombolo. At minus tides, there is an exposed reef between Flagstaff and Skagit. Blogger needs a feature like Wordpress, to be emailed when someone replies. I'll look forward to your post. I could have waved at you, except this was my weekend to work.

    Sally, glad you stopped by. This one is strictly about wildlife. Enjoy!

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  5. Jill, by the way, we need to get you hooked on Google+. You too, Sally. It's like Facebook without all the kid stuff. Lots of great photographers and nature bloggers over there. To get a taste, click on the link in my sidebar. If you want an invitation, use my contact form. I need your email address and real name (it's a rule right now). Best to use an address associated with your Blogger accounts. Seems to be a nice, upbeat community.

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  6. THanks Dave, yea, swung back over to check for the response. I'm on Google via a gmail account, maybe that makes it easier, will check out your link this evening!

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  7. Hi Dave,
    I checked otu Google+, where is your contact form? I skimmed and wasn't exactly sure. I'll check again. Is it an invite thing like gmail? When I started on Blogger I didn't have a gmail account, so my email address with my blog is diff than my gmail.

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  8. Jill, here is the contact form:
    http://wildfidalgo.blogspot.com/p/contact.html
    Probably either your Gmail or Blogger mail ID would work. My Blogger is on a Hotmail account and it worked fine. I would use whichever is your primary email address. I am really enjoying G+. There are a lot of great photographers and nature bloggers there. I am learning a lot.

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  9. thanks dave! BTW I don't think my photos on my latest skagit bay post are the best - my waterproof camera is not as good as my canon, but i don't want to take it kayaking!

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  10. Don't worry about the photos. It's the experience you're sharing, not an expensive camera. Is that the little Canon that I have seen at Amazon? I think I see Kiket Island in the first photo; left to right, Skagit, little Flagstaff and Kiket? Something I have noticed at Google+ is a lack of DSLR snobbery, even among the photography elite. Invitation sent.

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  11. Oh the flickers are so cute when they are babies. Guess it was just a matter of time before your camera starting getting babies at the feeders. What a nice change of excitement that presents. You must so be enjoying your place in the wonderful sunshine. At least that's what I am getting. All with a nice light breeze. Just enough to keep the bugs away. Finally had to put a bug tent where a bowl of cherries sit ready to munch on. Enjoy the summer Hugs Carrie

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