Monday, January 26, 2009

More Northern Flickers

We have Virginia Creeper in our backyard and I have seen Yellow-shafted Northern Flickers eat the berries from this vine during fall when they are ripe.
Recently though, I have noticed that on particularly cold days, and when these birds are at their most hungry, they will also eat these ' leftover ' berries frozen.

Here is our resident male last week :



And a new addition to the yard, this female showed up and enjoyed the suet :

9 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

I haven't seen these birds since I lived out west. Excellent photos.

You have great photos, therefore will be linking your blog into my Nature Connections link on my sidebar.

Nick S said...

Thanks Barbara !

Jayne said...

Holy Cow Nick, but those are so very beautiful...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful.Is this typical to have them in winter?I have never seen one in the dead of winter.
Blessings,Ruth

Nick S said...

Thanks everyone. They are not that common here in winter, but a few do linger on, providing they can find food and shelter.

T and S said...

WOW...what a lovely catch especially the 2nd image. Awesome details and composition

The Birdlady said...

I got behind - again! These and your owl, are wonderful.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! These are wonderful. I really do have to do something about trying to attract birds to my yard.

Brenda said...

I have 2 pair of these migrate through my back yard every spring and every fall. They are so much fatter in the fall and they are so busy pecking in the ground. They are great! I live in Saskatoon, Sk.