Sep 232012

Penguin here.

Remember the female northern flicker (a type of woodpecker) from our post the other day? Well, the male dropped by my backyard too. As you can notice, the male northern flicker has a black patch on its chest and some black lines on its face as well, unlike the female.

So here is our photo montage of the male northern flicker. We get very excited about finding cool animals in our backyards too.

Male Northern Flicker: View of Red Patch on Head

Male Northern Flicker: View of Red Patch on Head

Male Northern Flicker:  Isn't he beautiful?

Male Northern Flicker: Isn't he beautiful?

Male Northern Flicker:  Head Tilt (Like a Doggy)!

Male Northern Flicker: Head Tilt (Like a Doggy)!

Male Northern Flicker:  Flying Away (More Like Diving Away)!

Male Northern Flicker: Flying Away (More Like Diving Away)!

Sep 072012

Hey everyone. Yesterday, after dinner, Penguin and I were hanging around washing dishes and through the window we saw a large woodpecker standing on the side of a telephone pole. Needless to say, we rushed to get a camera so we could get a picture of the beautiful bird. We identified it as a Northern Flicker, which is a medium-sized woodpecker.

Northern Flickers are quite interesting. Apparently, the ones that live in the east have yellow under their tails (which can be seen in this picture, a little bit, if you look closely), while the ones from the west have an orange-ish red one. Pretty cool, right?

Another interesting piece of information about the northern flicker is the method by which to distinguish whether they’re males or females. Usually, in birds, the male uses fancy colours as a way of attracting females, and as such, males are more colourful since they need to be super enticing.

In the case of the northern flicker, however, the females are just as colourful and vibrant as the males. In spite of that, it’s easy to differentiate them if you get a good look at their faces. The males have a black line next to their beaks, and the females are distinctly lacking that line.

So there you have it! That’s most of what we know about the northern flicker. Check out Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, Wikipedia, or whatbird to find out more information and hear their awesome calls!

Here’s the pic:

Peck peck peck peck...

Peck peck peck peck...

Jun 152011

Penguin here.

Yesterday, Blue Bear and I spotted (for the first time!) a beautiful woodpecker that looked a lot like this one. It was a very exciting moment because Blue Bear and I are big fans of birds. We love to listen to their different calls; watch them hop and fly around; and Blue Bear even has a bird feeder at home. You can imagine our surprise when we spotted a bird that was so out of the ordinary for our area. We weren’t sure at first what kind of bird it was, but we spotted his long beak, and the red on top of his head. Blue Bear then deduced that it was a woodpecker. Surely enough, we did an internet search that matched our bird. Woodpeckers are certainly strikingly beautiful. I hope we have the opportunity to spot him again.

beautiful red headed woodpecker

What a beauty!

Found here: The Gentle House

Future update: A kind commenter has correctly informed us that this is a red-bellied woodpecker, not a red-headed one. We apologize for the error. Thanks Lm!