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Unusual Bird at the Suet Feeder [Jun. 5th, 2012|09:20 pm]
I recently spotted a bird at our feeder, though witchofnovember says she's seen it around a few times before. What caught my attention the first time I saw it was the startling red and pink highlights, especially as it flew away. She helped me identify it:

Red-Shafted Northern Flicker my poor camera-phone snapshot

[User Picture]From: skyote
2012-06-06 04:26 am (UTC)
My parents get those pretty often in Duvall. They are lovely - and HUGE!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-06 05:05 am (UTC)
They are indeed! The one we got was probably just shy of a foot tall. And such surprising size and color when you're used to mostly little brownish birds stopping by the feeder. :)
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2012-06-06 05:25 am (UTC)


We've had some coming to our feeders here in Troutdale. They're great to watch, and one year we even had one pounding on the side of the house, which they do to attract mates and announce territory, according to the ladies at the Backyard Bird shop here. Also they hunt for insects in your siding, but as that guy left eventually--not before Rachel threatened to take out a contract on it--I guess we didn't have buggy siding.
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2012-06-06 09:22 am (UTC)
I love the mounting on that bird. It looks like he's bragging about the one that got away.
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[User Picture]From: nevermint
2012-06-06 02:25 pm (UTC)
Those birds look beautiful but they are nasty boogers. They do love to make alot of noise early in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2012-06-06 04:39 pm (UTC)
It was back again today.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2012-06-06 04:40 pm (UTC)
Along with the hairy wood pecker until Martha lunged at a squirrel.
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