Male Northern Flicker goes for the suet!
Just as I snapped the shutter, this male yellow-shafted northern flicker jumped from one branch to another. He almost jumped right out of my shot! Click on any photo for better viewing.
I was shocked to see this male go to the suet basket, it is the first one I’ve ever seen do that. We’ve watched plenty of Flickers through the years but they are always hammering soil in our field for ants and such.
According to All About Birds: “Northern Flickers eat mainly insects, especially ants and beetles that they gather from the ground. They also eat fruits and seeds, especially in winter. Flickers often go after ants underground (where the nutritious larvae live), hammering at the soil the way other woodpeckers drill into wood. They’ve been seen breaking into cow patties to eat insects living within. Their tongues can dart out 2 inches beyond the end of the bill to snare prey. Other invertebrates eaten include flies, butterflies, moths, and snails. Flickers also eat berries and seeds, especially in winter, including poison oak and ivy, dogwood, sumac, wild cherry and grape, bayberries, hackberries, and elderberries, and sunflower and thistle seeds.”
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