The Northern Flicker that I posted about earlier in the season, has (much to my delight!) become a frequent visitor to the backyard feeders. He is still a bit skittish, but occasionally his desire for food will surpass his uneasiness around the camera and he will bless me with chance to snap a few shots.
Yesterday was one such occasion. I saw him hanging around the edges of the yard when I was refreshing the seed and it didn’t take long for him to venture closer.
Then he landed on the deck rail (which has a seed tray tucked behind it courtesy of hubby’s handiwork!) and proceeded to give a “don’t-even-think-about-it” glance to a watchful Red-winged Blackbird who had also been watching me fill the feeders.
The Blackbird kept his distance, though not without a voice of protest…
…and the Flicker proceeded to feast.
He perched on the rail, using his tail for support, and took his time eating.
Then he turned and flew to the large Oak at the back of the yard and leisurely preened his feathers.
I am so hoping that this fellow meets a female Flicker and brings little baby Flickers to the feeders in the not so distant future. 🙂