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Red-Shafted Northern Flicker at nest hole - male

By the red flashes along its cheeks, this is a male Red-Shafted Northern Flicker - the western variation of the Flickers. The eastern Flickers - or Yellow-shafted Northern Flickers - have black, rather than yellow mustaches, and red accents on the backs of their heads. And the Red-shafteds have salmon, or amber colouring under their wings, while the Yellow-shafteds have yellow.

This Flicker was busy diving in and out of the hole in this tree removing debris apparently ahead of ahead of setting it up for a new brood. Interestingly, Flickers pad their nests with wood chips, so I'd imagine any hollowing done after cleaning, would result in bits to soften the nest for the new chicks. Nice to see that dad was helping with the house cleaning.

 

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Date:Apr 14, 2013
Location:Deas Island Regional Park
City:Delta
Province/State:BC
Country:Canada

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