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Bird of the Week: Northern Flicker

Okanogan Country | 03/11/2019 | Methow Valley, The Great Outdoors, Wildlife Viewing

Northern Flickers are large woodpeckers, mostly brown, with black-scalloped plumage and a flicker of crimson color on the top of their heads. According to the WDFW these woodpeckers were previously known as the red-shafted flicker, the Northern Flicker has a conspicuous white rump patch and salmon-colored wing undersides that are distinctly visible during its slow, bouncy flight. Flickers can also be identified by their loud call that sounds like wake-up, wake-up, wake-up; also a piercing, sharply descending peeahr.

Any annoyance these woodpeckers may cause for homeowners is greatly outweighed by the large number of insect pests they eat, and the number of homes they create for other wildlife.

According to the WDFW, of the 11 species of woodpeckers that settle in Washington the Northern Flicker is probably the most commonly seen and heard.

Learn more about the Northern Flicker:

Facts About Washington's Flickers

Viewing Northern Flickers

Attracting Flickers to Your Property

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