Flicker at the Watering Hole

November 19, 2014

A male northern flicker finds refreshment on a cold day at Maramec Springs Park near St. James, Missouri. When things get slow in the winter, I’m always on the lookout for the most beautiful foul weather birds, such as the belted kingfisher, yellow-rumped warbler, red-headed woodpecker, and of course, the northern flicker. I love their clown spots, black bibs, and rosy colors. As a bonus, the male sports a handlebar mustache! I also enjoy listening to their approach calls and chewy, “wicka” rolls as they flutter around my pond in search of food. I always know when a flicker is about!

Not the most decisive bird, flickers sometimes take 10 minutes to work their way down from the top of a willow tree to the perfect spot where they can get a drink of water from our pond or a wet seep, such as in the featured image. But once they are on the ground, they spend more time there than any other woodpecker, usually in search of ants.

Although obviously aware of their surroundings, northern flickers are generally accepting of wildlife paparazzi, such as myself. In a park setting, they can be downright tame. The northern flicker—a Missouri gem. 🙂

Thanks for looking,

Danny Brown

Email me at: NatureFrames@Rocketmail.Com


5 comments on “Flicker at the Watering Hole”

  1. The half-moon at its throat makes me call this beauty “Chandrakantta” (“moon throat” in Sanskrit). Thank you for the (as usual) wonderful image.

  2. Hey Danny,
    I’m also a big fan of these guys (our’s have the red ‘staches) and you did a nice job of getting the bib and spots. Just watched a video of the Colorado Outdoors Photo issue and found myself saying more than once, “That has the look of one of Danny’s shots”. Confirmed with a visit to your website. Congrats on the selections. And also congrats on the retirement!

    Steve C.

  3. Hey Danny,
    I’m a big fan of these guys as well (our’s have red ‘staches) and you did a nice job of showing of the bib and those spots. The warm background makes a nice contrast with the cooler look of the water too. Just finished watching the Colorado Outdoors 2014 photo issue video and found myself saying on more than one occasion, “That looks like one of Danny’s shots”. Confirmed it with a visit to your website. Congrats on the selections and the retirement as well!


    • Hey Steve — I’ve never seen a red-shafted but would love to. Also, thanks for the info on the Colorado Outdoors Photo Issue I usually don’t hear from them until I get the magazine with the paperwork. Take care and thanks for the retirement wishes.

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