Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Northern Flicker munching on Poison Ivy berries...

I love the call of a Northern Flicker, but don’t hear it as often as I would like. Luckily, Sunday, right after I saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker feasting on her store of berries, a Northern Flicker swooped across the trail, landing in a tree on the hillside. He wasn’t in the best location, but I was able to squeeze out a shot or two. He had found Mother Nature’s bounty as well, and was consuming his calories in the form of Poison Ivy berries. Poison Ivy leaves are so gorgeous in the autumn. Bright red wrapped around trees, I always love picking them out as I drive down the streets or walk the trail. I don’t see the little white berries as often, and these would have gone unnoticed too if the Northern Flicker had not pointed them out for me!

It looks like he's been to this stash before. Many of the little white berries have already been plucked from the Poison Ivy vine.

We have the Yellow-shafted variety of Northern Flicker here in Cincinnati. Isn't he the noble gentleman for turning around to flash us those lovely yellow tail feathers! If you look closely, you can even see the yellow shafts under his wings.

Now for the view of the beautiful red crescent on his nape.


32 comments:

Sue said...

Just gorgeous, Kelly.

hip chick said...

What a beautiful bird. We don't have them where I live. You did such a grand job of capturing him on film.

Hilke Breder said...

Kelly, I love your Northern Flicker photos!! It's rare that I see any here in Vermont.

dAwN said...

howdee Kelly,
wow..gorgeous pics of all the wonderful features of this bird..
I can see I have allot of great stuff to go thru here that i have missed..
Hope to be back soon to check it all out..off to do errands..see u soon.

Busy Bee Suz said...

These are such wonderful shots of nature you have captured for us!! Thanks Kelly!

sharon said...

What a gorgeous looking bird - great photos Kelly!

Penny said...

Whatlovely birds, I am seriously thinking of getting when I can afford it a better camera, we have many lovely birds here but my little camera cant get close enough.
I do enjoy looking at your blog.

Tina said...

Kelly,
You did a grand job of capturing this guys wonderful colors and patterns! Wow...just love those yellow tail feathers..so nice he was munching so you could get these great pixs!

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful shots of the Flicker! Nice work.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful shot of the Flicker, Kel... I am not sure I've ever seen the underside of his tail before. SO--I'm not sure our Flickers are the Yellow shafted variety. Pretty, aren't they???

You got some great pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kristen said...

What a beautiful guy, and so nice of him to pose for you! Thank you for identifying the vine and berries... We have several of those on our cherry trees and that's what all our birds have been eating lately, but I didn't know what they were! Thanks :)

Susan said...

We have the Northern Flicker here, but our Ottawa Valley prolific version of Poison Ivy isn't in fact an ivy...it grows as single plants that turn bright red in fall and do produce the cute little lime green/yellow berries. Those same berries that hospitalized a friend of mine after she picked them to put in a fall bouquet of wild plants....just sayin' ..be careful out there!

Ginnymo said...

What great shots you got of him Kelly!! Awesome!!

Wren said...

I love flickers, too. That's a gorgeous shot of the golden yellow tail feathers.

I have to admit to a conditioned response - a shudder - to the thought of any one or any thing eating poison ivy. I know birds can do it without harm, but it still gives me pause.

Dave Lewis said...

I am so proud of you! You have a butt shot on your blog, it must have been the fever!

Bill S. said...

Fantastic pictures, I have never seen a Yellow-shafted Flicker. Most of ours are the Red-shafted ones. Great post.

holdingmoments said...

A handsome bird indeed Kelly.
Those yellow tail feathers are beautiful.

NicoleB said...

You got some wonderful shots there.
Amazing colours on this Beauty, wow!
:D

And thanks for the good laugh you gave hubby and me this morning with the fox / golfball story :D!

mick said...

Great photos of the Flicker. I know I saw one in Washington State some years ago but am not sure which one. Reading your earlier posts - I love the little ceramic bird feeder. You are very talented to make something like that.

Tabib said...

Beautiful bird. Love that butt yellow tail!

Roy said...

Beautiful coloured plumage Kelly. Great subject to photograph.

Warren Baker said...

A stunner Kelly. That flash of yellow must look strking when it flies off.

Jayne said...

Oh, SO much lovelier than the fleeting shot I got Kelly! He's gorgeous! Love those tail feathers. :c)

RuthieJ said...

Great shots of this flicker Kelly! Mine are so flighty and I never get to see them up close -- esp. from the underside.

JPT said...

Wow - that is an exotic bird, you are very lucky.

oldcrow61 said...

What a beautiful bird. Great shots.

Laubaine said...

c'est un superbe oiseau , bravo

The Early Birder said...

Great 'reverse' shot Kelly showing off those yellow shafts. FAB.

Kelly said...

...aren't those tale feathers incredible!! That's actually the first time I ever had such a good view of them. Flickers are usually on the ground or so far away. I seem to be seeing more lately...yeah!!

Glennis said...

Isn't he pretty, love his yellow tail feathers and his red bandanna feathers. Well photographed.

JRandSue said...

Hi kelly,lovely Northern Flicker Images.Smashing shots.
John.

Kelly said...

Glennis and John.....thank you!!! I wish I could see more of these fellows. They are pretty!