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Northern flicker

Northern flicker
The distinctive black bowtie and a red patch on the back of the head makes these birds easy to spot.


Northern flicker Underwood

26 April 2021

We have quite a few flickers feasting for bugs in our front yard this Spring!

Underwood, Ontario, Canada

Northern flicker Rail Trail

24 April 2021

We spotted this one while hiking along the Rail Trail West of Paisley.

Bruce County Rail Trail, Paisley, Ontario, Canada

Knock, Knock

22 May 2020

It’s 2 AM and I wake up. This was the first spring evening where it was warm enough to open the bedroom window to let the cool evening breeze in. I can hear the waterfall at the pond splashing, and expect to hear the green frogs croaking but they must have decided to stop debating who is the owner of the pond.

I struggle to go back to sleep, uncertain why I woke. Then I hear it ‘knock’ … 2 second break, ‘knock’, 2 second break and so on.

What is that? It sounds just like someone hammering a piece of wood. Very slowly hammering it.

Across from our farm is a woodland, and it sounds like it is coming from there. Maybe it is a woodpecker, but they do a rapid hammering sound, not one like this. It dawns on me then that this is likely the flicker we photographed the other day. Odd that it would be doing this in the dead of night. Isn’t it afraid of attracting a raccoon or owl or something? Apparently not.

I make a mental note that the next time we walk through the woods, a slow constant hammering might mean a flicker is nearby.

After five minutes of that and 150 hammerings, I have to get up and shut the window.

Northern flicker

15 May 2020

Spotted near our pond in May.

Underwood, Ontario, Canada

Northern flicker Maitland Falls

3 September 2018

This pair of flickers spent a fair bit of time searching the woods behind out tent while camping in Maitland.

Maitland Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Goderich, Ontario