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Hillsboro, OR, USA
I had been watching these birds for a few minutes and happened to have camera in hand. This image is one of a series of photos I captured that day. There are several shots before this of Flicker and Starling just looking at each other and sharing, like they had formed a truce.
The series is posted on YouTube if you would like to see more — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j21NfxhB-8Y&ytbChannel=SaltySky.
It’s fascinating to watch the behaviour at the feeder. Sometimes they share, sometimes not. It’s rarely this violent. More often than not, I see birds being patient, waiting their turn.
Category 8: Eyewitness
Species: Northern Flicker
Here is an eyewitness image of an eyewitness watching an unexpected attack. Observe this placid Northern Flicker watching a fight between two Starling, right before his eyes. Shortly before, Flicker and Starling had been peacefully sharing the suet..
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