a visitor

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  1. Love the snow falling in time to the tapping (almost)–so synaesthetic! I’m not so fond of flickers when they wake me up early on summer mornings, banging on my house…

    • paridevita says:

      They’re marking territory, in most cases. What they really like to do is tear up plants in the rock gardens, looking for ants. I think the suet here has insects and berries in it. That’s a job I could do, insect-mixer.

  2. Cliff Booker says:

    Enchanting … not a species seen in British, so this video is even more interesting for us. (Although the enthusiasts will now declare that there are trillions of them in their local woods)!!!

    • Cliff Booker says:

      That should, of course, have read ‘not a species seen in Britain’ … I altered the sentence, but neglected to inform my brain.

      • paridevita says:

        I can alter the sentences as well. Possibly not the most desirable ability.
        I’ve neglected to inform my brain of so many things, I’m in for a surprise one of these days.
        This is a male; they mark their territory by drilling, into wood, but also on metal, so during territory-marking season the whole neighborhood wakes up to the sounds of flickers drilling.
        Surprisingly large birds. We have a little woodpecker, the downy, too. The flicker eats ants, which can be not so good for the rock garden, since they prod the ground for them, and not so good for spreading of cyclamen seed. I lost Convolvulus assyricus and Catananche caespitosa to ants in the last couple of years; where were the flickers when I needed them?

  3. Pam says:

    These gorgeous birds do a number on my cedar siding. Still…I feed them too.

  4. carol says:

    visiting my mother in Illinois this week, she too has a flicker coming by breakfasting on her suet along with several other birds. a cardinal stands guard under the feeder for the nut droppings. so enjoyable !

    • paridevita says:

      I wonder if the males there have the red under their chin. That’s supposed to be diagnostic for the western variety, red-shafted.
      I want cardinals here, especially if they do useful things.

  5. My favourite bird. I had more of them when I lived to the west, by the woods behind the boatyard than I do in my new more open garden.

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