One day last week I saw a bird high on a branch of an old dead tree. From where I was sitting in my car I couldn't tell what species it was, and initially I thought it appeared to be a pigeon as I saw a white patch on its back. , but I was not used to seeing pigeons in the woods,and I was out in the woods on an old gravel road. I took as many pictures as I could as I had my small telephoto on my camera ( 250 mm IS canon) or maybe it was my (300mm nikon) .
The fun began as I downloaded my pictures when I returned home and I could see the characteristic
The first obvious markings that stated that it was a flicker was the black crescent shape on its breast. This marking shouted flicker!
Also take a look at the photo above and you can see that the flicker has its claw wrapped around a twig jutting out from the branch, holding on! See its black crescent shape on its breast.
The eastern flicker also has a brown face and a black malar on its jaw as this one does .
I had been confused about the white rump marking this bird had and had not known that this white marking is also characteristic of northrrn flickers.; but it is!
Usually I see Flickers flying off from the side of a road or else in a field , but this one high in the sky offerred me some good views of the whole bird while it was in a stationary position.
I saw a swallowtail butterfly in my yard yesterday and the lilacs are blossoming out so hopefully in a few days I will be able to post some butterfly pictures!
Wishing everyone a good day!