Male Northern Flicker? Albany area, NY

by Melinda
(Niskayuna, NY)

At about noon, I sat down to take a breather and noticed that a couple of Robins have taken residence in a bush next to my house. I was amused watching the male robin on guard, walk around as if he was just out for a stroll. All of his efforts at casualty, making it really obvious, at least to the resident human, that his nest is nearby. As I was watching him, a larger bird flew down and started attentively pecking the ground.

The robin appeared to pay no attention to this larger bird, which at first, surprised me. Meanwhile, a sweet chipmunk was skittering about between the two of them. I loved that three different creatures could be in the same 8 foot diameter proximity and not mind one another.

The larger bird continued to peck at the ground and moved along, minding his own business. I took a picture of him because I was unfamiliar with this type of bird. Upon looking it up, it seems to be a Northern Flicker. I think I've found a woodpecker that I love! No damage to the trees, he eats the pesky ants in my yard, and although larger than the other backyard birds around, seems to be content to peck the ground and leave the smaller guys alone. ;-)

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