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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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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Northern Flicker & Juvenile Wilson’s Warblers

It was a short and sunny backyard birding day today, although the sun was quite harsh I was still able to spot a few birds standing under tree shade.

Flickers are cool, they just are!  Their colors and mismatched patterned feathers make them really stand out from other birds. The ones I’ve seen around my yard are usually on the ground hunting for bugs and they usually don’t mind me taking a few photos if I stay in my place with very little movement.

Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)

Hiding under the trees in the shade also led to my first warblers captured on camera in my yard. I welcome the bright little ladies and hope to see them again soon, they are such a delight to watch as they hardly stand still for a second!

Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
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