Feathers on Friday – Northern Flicker

For Feathers on Friday – I found a Flicker picture from a couple of days ago, he was singing on a cloudy grey day, Flicker Feathers on Friday 😉

Springtime flicker in a tall tree
Springtime flicker in a tall tree

Other Feathers on Friday blogs:

Prairie Birder

Bird Boy

The Cats and the Birds

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European Starling, Northern Flickers, Pine Siskins, & American Robin

The backyard has sure been busy with birds this month, today was no exception. I think my favorite photos in this post are of the European Starling in smooth and fluffy mode. They are not loved by many birders, but you can’t deny how beautiful their feathers are…

European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Smooth)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Smooth)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Fluffy)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Fluffy)
How adorable is this fluffed up Robin?
How adorable is this fluffed up Robin?
Pretty Pine Siskin on the fence
Pretty Pine Siskin on the fence
Flicker pecking on my neighbours house...lol
Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker on my neighbours house…lol
Little Pine Siskin in the tree
Little Pine Siskin in the tree
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Red Shafted Northern Flicker hunting on the grass...
Red Shafted Northern Flicker hunting on the grass…
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Breakfast with the baby birds and a visit from two others :)

This morning in the yard,… the main action was in the chokecherry tree where juvenile sparrows and waxwings were having breakfast.

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Sparrow eating a cherry

I saw a pretty European Starling way way up in a tree and managed to take a decent photo considering the distance between us.
European Starling

Good morning waxy!

This is one of my favourite photos…
Juvenile waxwing having breakfast

A new sighting in my yard this morning- a bird caught my eye and I couldn’t instantly recognize it. She was flying from tree to tree up high but the light color helped me to keep an eye on her until I could get a lock on her with my camera. It was a dark-eyed junco but I’ve never seen one in these lovely pastel colours before! One more for the yard list!

Dark-eyed Junco - so pretty!

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White-breasted Nuthatch stops for a visit

This summer, as I watch to see which birds are regular neighbors, I have noticed that the Red-breasted Nuthatches are here every day – but I have not seen any White-breasted Nuthatches at all.  Today a flash of white caught my eye through the window and – yes!  There was a handsome White-breasted Nutty poking around my bushes and checking out my feeder.  I grabbed my camera and snuck outside and only managed to get a quick shot before he was gone – but it’s still exciting to know it’s possible to see them in my yard.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
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Northern Flicker lookin’ pretty

I’m very happy today because I had a nice backyard visit with a beautiful Northern Flicker.  My feathered friend even posed for me and gave me great eye contact all while enjoying the beautiful warm day.

Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker Profile
Northern Flicker Profile
Close Up Northern Flicker
Close Up Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

I’ve seen the Robins around the neighbourhood, but today I saw a good photo opportunity so snapped this (below).  I like how he’s just resting in the cherry tree.

American Robin
American Robin

How sweet is this little singing Tennessee Warbler?  She popped by to say hello, so tiny and lovely.

Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

She posed so perfectly on the fence – I just had to take her portrait.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
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