THE FEED

Birds & Blooms - - Feeder Talk -

TWO OF A KIND

Flick­ers in the East (yel­low-shafted) have tan faces, gray crowns, red napes, black mus­taches and yel­low un­der wings and tail. Flick­ers in the West (red-shafted) have gray faces, brown crowns, no nape cres­cents, red mus­taches and sal­mon un­der wings and tail.

ON GUARD!

Dur­ing breed­ing sea­son, ri­val flick­ers face off in a dis­play called a “fenc­ing duel.” Two birds face each other, bills pointed up, bob­bing their heads while draw­ing a loop or fig­ure eight pat­tern in the air.

A flicker vis­its ev­ery year and loves to peck on our metal chim­ney, adding a lit­tle sound to its boisterous call.” Stephanie Swayne TIGARD, ORE­GON

Fe­male north­ern flick­ers don’t have a colored mustache near the bill.

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