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Lisa Anderson

Las Vegas, NV, USA


This subspecies of Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) is rarely seen in our area in the west. However, this morning (on a count day!) we had two males visit the birdbath in succession. The first male took a drink and then moved to a nearby Palo tree trunk as the second one came in for a drink. The second one flew to top of the wall, flashing very bright yellow underwings-as bright as the sun! Both had red napes, black malar stripes and yellow shafts on the wings. Typically, we see the Red-shafted variety, with the red whisker (male) and red-colored underwings. This sighting was also posted to eBird.

Northern Flicker Male (Yellow-shafted)

Northern Flicker at the birdbath

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