The Northern Flicker Red/Yellow/combinations
i have 4 Northern Flickers that frequent my feeder daily year round currently. Two females and two males. i’m pretty sure this fine looking gent of a Flicker is the daddy – i miss him, as you can see he’s gorgeous. The Colaptes auratus is the cross breeder between the Yellow shafted and the Red shafted. i …
Northern Flicker and a perfect example of ‘Introgressant’ … where by the combination of Yellow and Red are very mixed especially in the variations about the head region. The Yellow N. Flicker has a ‘V’ in the back of its head and the Red has a Red malar (the area from beak under the eye) many males show black and …
lucky pic of the Red Breasted Nuthatch in ‘take-off’ mode – what a determined kewl look he has … i do have one pic of a baby from this last Spring – i hope to get better this Spring.
get a look at those nails ! (really fingers) on this male Red Breasted Nuthatch. It appears he has a piece of raw peanut in it’s tiny bill. He may take it and put it in a crevice where it can peck it/hatch down to smaller sizes.
Red Breasted Nuthatch
i love watching them – just amazing watching them work head down or up – some birds like being upside down which these Sittae canadensis are only 1 of 25 species in 2 genera found throughout N Hemis and 1 of 4 species of 1 genera breeding in N.A aside from the taxonomy their beautiful steel blue/green coat …
This was taken near the Stillwater River, MT. – what a great Birding area. Quite unmistakable in the open areas (Genus Tyrannus) has no problem taking on Hawks – to protect its territory.
What a fun day this was – lots of different species come for the water dish. i hope to have running water someday. It has really boosted my bird species count. last month i had about 300 robins on one day – coming for water.
i’m hoping a male Cedar Waxwing visits – in fact i’m hoping a giant flock lands in my birding sanctuary that’d be way kewl. They are one of the latest nesting birds in N A – probably due to the mid-summer fruit crop harvest. They select mates by similar ages
This appears to be a female Cedar Waxwing…the Eye Stripe ends at the eye whereas the black liner goes beyond the eye of the Male.
Enjoying some water in my birding sanctuary.
Bird Watchers Bonus !
Traveling with a ‘mix-of-flocks’ this female Cedar Waxwing graced my bird sanctuary. Called Waxwings due to a waxy substance that appears at the tips of their secondary feathers in adults; caused by a dietary trait that cannot be synthesized which translates into the yellowtail rim and the aforementioned red waxy stuff.
There are 3 Bombycillidae passeriformes two of …