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Yellowshaft Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker- Colaptes auratus
Northern Flicker- Colaptes auratus, Order PICIFORMES - Family PICIDAE. This beautiful male bird was in my backyard in Hamilton, Ohio on a very cold late December day. Note the yellow highlights--the "central shaft and undersides of the wing and tail feathers are bright yellow." "The Northern Flicker is one of the few North American woodpeckers that is strongly migratory. A common ant-eating woodpecker of open areas, the Northern Flicker has two color forms found in different regions. Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its favorite food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants."
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Sources of species identification and other amazing info include (1) Cornell Lab of Ornithology--a fantastic site; (2)Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Peterson Field Guide Series, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company; (3) The National Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds and (4) Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Third Edition, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
Winter/Spring Bird Collection Quicktime Movie
A quicktime movie (CLICK on image Above) of bird photos taken over the 2004 Winter/Spring. I used a Canon 10D digital camera with a Canon 100-400 L lens, a Canon 300 L lens and a Canon 400 5.6 L lens.
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