Northern Flicker (Female), Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon

Northern Flicker (Female), Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon, courtesy of Nature’s Pic’s.

Nature Note, Bend, Oregon, March 28, 2016 — Spring is in the air!  Northern flickers are flocking in groups in the juniper sage country of central Oregon.  My morning walks are alive with the sounds of flickers and here’s what they sound like (courtesy of Birds, Inc. on YouTube):

Three cool facts about Northern Flickers:

  1. Ants?  Yes, ants are a main food for northern flickers who dig in the dirt to find those tiny ants and lap them up with their barbed tongues!
  2. Northern flickers nest in cavities using trees, fence posts, bird houses…whatever’s available.
  3. Most woodpeckers spend their time on tree trunks.  Northern flickers can do that too…but they spend much of their time on the ground (where the ants are!).

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Photo of Northern Flicker on ground by Wildreturn

To learn more about Northern Flickers, visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s awesome website All About Birds where you can learn how to identify them, listen to their sounds, watch videos of flickers in action, and learn more cool facts about these unique members of the woodpecker family.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

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