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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Northern Flicker

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!