embellish autumn colors
These are photos of a male (top) and female (lower) Red-shafted Northern Flicker. They are a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family and are known as one of the few woodpecker species that migrate. They reside in western North America. (There is also a Yellow-shafted variety that resides in eastern North America.)
Their outer coloring is mostly neutral with handsome black-scalloped plumage along their back, a bold black chest crescent, and white/buff with black spotting along their front feathers. The males have a red moustache. Both sexes are red under their tail and wings, and are stunning when they take off with their vibrant flashes and flickers of red! They eat mainly ants and beetles, and spend lots of time on the ground.
Their colors are indicative of autumn for me. Here, they frequent our suet feeders in the winter, and are gone by spring.
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