Northern Flicker

(Toledo, OH) I heard an unusual sound in my red maple today, sort of like a "chur-r-r-r-r" and then a tapping. I looked up in the tree and saw a Northern flicker busy demolishing a branch some sixty feet in the air. The accopanying photo is a bit blurry, given the distance and the 200-pecks-per second pace this bird's head moved.

In reading further, the Northern flicker is quite common, but this is the first one I recall seeing in Toledo.

I assume that these birds have no interest in Mykonos villa rentals, but one never knows. Maybe migratory birds really spend the winter in posh accommodations instead.


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