Saturday, July 26, 2014

Northern Red-Shafted Flicker

This flashy woodpecker is a ground feeder (likes ants) and is easily identified by the bright flashes of red in its wing shafts when in flight and also by its distinctive call (kleeyah!). First time I ever saw one of these guys was on a trail at Spooner Lake on the Nevada side of Tahoe. I am so jazzed that they are also common here on the property. 

10/24/08 Northern Red-Shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus) on the Engelmann Oak.


There are two distinct forms of this Flicker: the Red-Shafted is found in the West, while the Yellow-Shafted is found in the Northern & Eastern parts of North America. There are intermediates of both forms since they are known to interbreed freely. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I love your photos! I’m somewhat of a nature photographer myself and love living up here in La Cresta as well! I kept a semi-formal “Critter of the Day” posting going for a couple of years a few years ago on my Facebook page. I didn’t get it posted every day, but that definitely wasnt for lack of critters up here! :). It’s just time consuming, I need to be retired to keep it up! :)
    But I enjoyed it and still enjoy taking photos whenever the occasion arises - mostly with my smartphone - 60k+ photos on it now! Lol - instead of the larger Canon that’s hard to fit in my pocket! ��

    Anyways, thanks for inspiring me to get back out there and enjoy the critters! :)

    Ray Robertson
    21250 Via Sella