I’m startled at sunrise in RI 5/30/2018

by Sandy
(Smithfield, RI, USA)

Bird is slightly larger than adult robin. Color shades of brown and buff varied. ONE Bright red colored dot on back of head. Landed on ground next to wooded patch in suburbs at sunrise. What is it? No time for pic. Help me please.

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Jun 02, 2018
I'M STARTLED AT SUNRISE IN RI 5/30/2018 NEW
by: Brook

Hi, If you'd like him to come back you should put a suet cake out. Flickers love them however, their natural diet is Ants but I think they may choose suet over an ant.

Just beware that if you own your own home, you may be attracting a visitor who may try to drill a new home into the side of yours.

Jun 01, 2018
Northern Flicker it was! NEW
by: Sandra

Thank you Susan for sharing your knowledge. I only had a rear view of the bird. It happened so quickly! After reading your comment and studying many pics I found one matching exactly what I saw. That was the first Northern Flicker I’ve ever seen! I’m excited just thinking about my next drop-in visitor. The mystery is solved thanks to you. 🙂

May 30, 2018
Your bird
by: Susan

I believe it is a Northern Flicker, which is a member or the woodpecker family.

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