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Flicker Feather

Posted on Feb 1, 2016

This feather is another find from exploring the outdoors this weekend with my dog Zach. The number of birds with long yellow feathers around in the autumn or winter seasons is relatively short, and it looks like a Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus). Roger Tory Peterson saw this brilliant flash of gold in a flicker’s wings and it helped inspire him to change the world. What always makes me use my imagination is thinking about seeing a deep red explosion coming from a Northern Flicker bursting from the ground. The red-shafted forms fill the American west, and someday I hope to go see one. It would be a real treat to have one delivered to us in the east, but that seems to be very rare indeed. What did you spot while out and about this past weekend?

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator