Yesterday, while out walking along a narrow strip of meadow beside the river, we saw a Northern Flicker flying low towards us and we were a bit disappointed that it continued on a distance before landing, too far from us to take a picture of it.Having forgotten about the Flicker we were delighted upon our return homeward to find it where it had landed, standing beside an ant hill, which is their food of choice. Its distinctive markings told us that it was a female Yellow-shafted Northen Flicker. Its grey crown, brown face, red nape crescent, black crescent on its breast are all distinctive markings of both the male and female but the male also has a black malar, which this bird was lacking. In the east we have the Yellow-shafted version of the Northern Flicker, while in the west the Red-shafted version dwells. Where does the naming of yellow-shafted come from? The origin of this distinctive naming was immediately understood as this flicker took off in flight!