Northern Flickers

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

This year has been really different for the Flickers that have been visiting my yard. They have discovered the peanut feeder! Also for the first time, the Flickers have been eating suet. Previously, only Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers would take advantage of the suet feeder.

young yellow-shafted Northern Flicker

young yellow-shafted Northern Flicker

Now they’ve started bringing their young ones in.

Northern Flicker feeding young

Northern Flicker feeding young

And that taught me something new as well, Northern Flickers feed their young by regurgitation. The other Woodpeckers that I have observed, feed their nestlings and fledgelings one piece, or one insect at a time. The Flicker would eat a bunch of peanuts all at once and then she would fly to the young bird and regurgitate.  Doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it was still interesting to observe. Birds never cease to amaze me.

Last summer, a nesting pair of Flickers were observed at an area resort in this post: http://blog.visitcranelake.com/?p=1836

 

 

 

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