Monday, July 14, 2008

Northern Flicker

Every day on my way to work I have been observing two Flickers (Colaptes auatus cafter) feed on the grass boarding a retention pond. Flickers are ubiquitous in our area and are quite large, so they are hard to miss. I had a moment this morning to try and sneak up on them.

Flickers do commonly feed on the ground, using their large bills to probe for insects. There must be something very tasty in this one spot of grass because I see them there all the time. Perhaps there is an ant colony. Ants make up 45% of a Flickers diet although they will also eat berries, fruit, nuts.

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