I spied a Flicker in the backyard the other day. I find them strikingly beautiful.
Notice there's lots of white clover flowering in our yard right now too. The bumblebees are reveling in it.
While Flickers live in hollow trees in woodland areas, the bulk of their diet consists of ants, which brings them to the yard. They dig for ants with their nifty curved bill, hammering at the soil the way other woodpeckers drill into wood.
The insect diet of Flickers plays an important role in the control of insects
pests. They eat more ants than any other bird species in North America.
I'm happy to see them feasting on anthills. Less ants raiding our strawberries nearby!
Ours' are the yellow shafted variety, very flashy in flight.
Off he goes.
They're only here in Minnesota for the summer. (Unlike other woodpeckers, who winter with us, too.)
Flickers are common, widespread across the continent, but I read that their populations have been steadily declining for several years.
Are there Flickers where you are?
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