Daily Postcard: Northern Red-Shafted Flicker Spotted In Tree

Daily Postcard: A Northern Red-shafted Flicker is spotted in a tree recently on Barranca Mesa. Flickers appear brownish overall with a white rump patch that’s conspicuous in flight and often visible when perched. The undersides of the wing and tail feathers are bright red. With a closer look their brown plumage is richly patterned with black spots, bars and crescents. Northern Red-shafted Flickers spend lots of time on the ground, and when in trees often perch upright on horizontal branches instead of leaning against their tails on a trunk. They fly in an up-and-down path using heavy flaps interspersed with glides, like many woodpeckers. Source: www.allaboutbirds/org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Northern Red-shafted Flicker spotted recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Northern Red-shafted Flicker spotted recently on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

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