Hi everyone! Here we are with today’s bird, the “northern yellow-shafted flicker”. The pics show the back and front of the bird. This one is a male, known by it’s black mustache. Both sexes have the red on the back of the neck. This woodpecker is only a summer visitor for us and is a bit odd for a woodpecker. This one spends most of it’s time on the ground where it eats it’s main food, which is ants. They also eat beetles, flies and numerous other harmful insects, plus a few good insects as well. But overall they are good to have around. They nest in tree cavities like other woodpeckers usually making it about 16 inches (40cm) deep. They will often use nesting boxes (bird houses) if made to the right size. I have made some for these birds and they have been used right from the first year. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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