Yellow-shafted flicker on Isle-aux-Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec

by Brad Myers
(Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada)

Last week, we noticed a strange bird on our front lawn digging in the ground. A visiting friend, and bird lover, from Victoria, B C, identified it as a northern flicker and we rushed to our bird identification book, "Les Oiseaux de Quebec". Jim was right on the money with his identification. "Bravo!"


Tonight, June 16, the flicker has returned, and we have been watching him dig around for over 10 minutes. A search on the internet revealed this site and we now know that he if after ants, of which there is a great abundance.

Where we live in splendid retirement, there is a great variety of seasonal, and permanent birds that appear at our feeders during all seasons of the year. The flicker is a very welcome addition.

Brad Myers, Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec.

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