Bad bird photo: northern flicker


Bad bird photo: northern flicker

I’ve been able to spot this northern flicker at the feeder a few times. I don’t think I’ve seen them before, so it was neat to see then read up on them.

The northern flicker is a woodpecker that migrates, so here in Connecticut maybe it’s only seen in winter. There’s also two sub-species: red-shafted and yellow-shafted; this is obviously the yellow-shafted bird.

While I’ve been able to spot him several times over the past few weeks, I’ve only managed to get a few bad photos like this one. They’re very nervous birds and fly off at the smallest movement — including, seemingly, me moving around inside the house. This was shot through the dining room window and the porch window, in harsh light.

See the original on Flickr.

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I don't think I've ever seen one of these before, are they rare? Pretty good picture even though it sounds like the circumstances were working against you.

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