West or East

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This week’s photo, taken April 8, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a male NORTHERN FLICKER.

The Red-shafted form of the NORTHERN FLICKER, generally found in western North America, displays reddish-orange under the wings and tail, while the undersides of the wings and tail of the Yellow-shafted Flicker of the East show yellow. Although the flicker in the image above, with its folded wings and shaded tail, isn’t revealing any of those details, other features help us determine its geographical preference.

Its red “mustache” and brown crown indicate that it’s a Red-shafted Flicker. A Yellow-shafted Flicker would have a black “mustache” and gray crown. So, we can relax. This bird is exactly where it’s expected to be – out west.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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3 Responses to West or East

  1. Chris says:

    It took me a long time before I could hear that call and know what it was, surprising because it is so distinctive.

  2. Fabius Fox says:

    Nice bird. Enjoy, Fabe

    On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 8:03 PM, Short & Tweet Bird Reports wrote:

    > Joe Sweeney posted: ” This week’s photo, taken April 8, 2016 at Richmond > Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a male NORTHERN FLICKER. The > Red-shafted form of the NORTHERN FLICKER, generally found in western North > America, displays reddish-orange under the wings and tail,” >

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