North Dakota Bird in my Chimney

by Trish
(SE North Dakota)

I rescued a bird from my chimney. It was about the size of a Robin though leaner. It had a very long black beak, about 1". It was brown with red feathers just at the back of the neck. It did not have a crown. When it flew away I noticed yellow tips on the underside of its wings. It had a high pitched but melodic not screechy single tone chirp.


I couldn't find a picture like it on any of the bird sites I've checked.

Can you help? I would know it if I saw it again.

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Oct 18, 2013
I think I found it
by: Trish

I found a photo of a juvenile northern flicker and it matched to a T. Thank you Susan for steering me in the right direction!

Oct 18, 2013
Not quite right
by: Trish

It was similar to the female - especially the red on the back of the head, but it was darker brown and solid colored, at least on top. Sure wish I had taken a picture.

Oct 18, 2013
Yellow shafted Flicker
by: Susan

yellow and Red Shafted flickers.
Sounds like a yellow shafted Flicker. The link above has photos.

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