While I was preparing dinner this evening, I saw two large, long-beaked birds fly onto our yard. I quickly retrieved our binoculars and saw birds I hadn't identified before. Large, woodpecker-like, with a black necklace and the slightest bit of red on the neck, seemingly eating from the ground. I opened our Sibley's and found it -- the Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted). A lovely bird and my very first sighting -- exciting!