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Who Are You?

Can you help me to identify this bird?

It caught my eye one day. I thought it was interesting looking, but I don't know what kind of bird it is.

What kind of bird has a big red stripe on the back of its neck?

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No, this isn't the bird that made the nest at my mom's.

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30 thoughts on “Who Are You?”

  1. I think its just a finch 🙂 there is several different kinds of finches though. It’s almost like he was posing for ya 😉

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  2. Okay, not 100 percent, but possibly a Northern “Yellow-Shafted” Flicker. I looked it up in my National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, then found it here http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/id
    “Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.”

  3. Don’t you just love blogger’s I totally agree with Katie, wow that bird looks just like that. Neat!

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  4. I think its just a finch 🙂 there is several different kinds of finches though. It’s almost like he was posing for ya 😉

    Cathy’s last blog post..Thrifty Finds

  5. Okay, not 100 percent, but possibly a Northern “Yellow-Shafted” Flicker. I looked it up in my National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, then found it here http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/id
    “Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.”

  6. Don’t you just love blogger’s I totally agree with Katie, wow that bird looks just like that. Neat!

    Jenna @ Newlyweds’s last blog post..Daring Bakers Challenge – Mulberry Strudel

  7. Katie! You’re amazing! 🙂 I already knew that, of course, but even moreso now.

    I didn’t think it was a finch because this bird was big. It was easily as big as or bigger than the mourning doves we get some times.

    And I thought its beak had that wood pecker look.

    Yes! A flicker!

    Do people in other parts of the country say “hotter than a flicker’s nest”? We do. 🙂

  8. Katie! You’re amazing! 🙂 I already knew that, of course, but even moreso now.

    I didn’t think it was a finch because this bird was big. It was easily as big as or bigger than the mourning doves we get some times.

    And I thought its beak had that wood pecker look.

    Yes! A flicker!

    Do people in other parts of the country say “hotter than a flicker’s nest”? We do. 🙂

  9. He’s pretty! I love his big round belly too.

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  10. LOL Tara! You are too sweet. But I have to come clean, I can’t take all the credit, because as I was sitting there staring directly at the page in my book with the woodpeckers (they were the only ones with red on their heads, basically!) Dustin came up behind me, pointed to it, and said “it’s that one. Can’t you see? It looks exactly like the one you’re looking for.” The picture in my book has him hanging nearly upside down from a tree, I just can’t imagine your flicker in a tree at all! He is so cute, but just doesn’t seem to fit in the woodpecker family! I love his plump belly, he has definately been finding some juicy beetles and ants! =)

  11. LOL Tara! You are too sweet. But I have to come clean, I can’t take all the credit, because as I was sitting there staring directly at the page in my book with the woodpeckers (they were the only ones with red on their heads, basically!) Dustin came up behind me, pointed to it, and said “it’s that one. Can’t you see? It looks exactly like the one you’re looking for.” The picture in my book has him hanging nearly upside down from a tree, I just can’t imagine your flicker in a tree at all! He is so cute, but just doesn’t seem to fit in the woodpecker family! I love his plump belly, he has definately been finding some juicy beetles and ants! =)

  12. Katie – That’s funny! I guess it takes a fresh pair of eyes to figure it out. I had no idea that you were so into birds! When I was little, my Grandma and sister and I spent many hours poring over her bird book. It was wonderful.

    I also can’t imagine him hanging upside down in a tree. He didn’t look very limber.

    Then, I was thinking that maybe it’s not a HE at all. Maybe it’s a SHE and she’s about to lay her eggs?

    The spot in my yard where it was digging around has only an inch or two of soil on top of huge rocks. It’s all full of ants, and he probably thought he’d found a buffet. 🙂

  13. Katie – That’s funny! I guess it takes a fresh pair of eyes to figure it out. I had no idea that you were so into birds! When I was little, my Grandma and sister and I spent many hours poring over her bird book. It was wonderful.

    I also can’t imagine him hanging upside down in a tree. He didn’t look very limber.

    Then, I was thinking that maybe it’s not a HE at all. Maybe it’s a SHE and she’s about to lay her eggs?

    The spot in my yard where it was digging around has only an inch or two of soil on top of huge rocks. It’s all full of ants, and he probably thought he’d found a buffet. 🙂

  14. Hi again Tara, sorry to take over your comments! I do think you are right, HE may be a SHE! I looked it up in my book again and it says males have a black mustache, basically it looks like a black stripe going from beak to face. It doesn’t look from the picture that your bird has that, so it could very well have a belly full of babies! Fun! Hopefully since it found a tasty buffet in your yard it will come back for seconds!

  15. Hi again Tara, sorry to take over your comments! I do think you are right, HE may be a SHE! I looked it up in my book again and it says males have a black mustache, basically it looks like a black stripe going from beak to face. It doesn’t look from the picture that your bird has that, so it could very well have a belly full of babies! Fun! Hopefully since it found a tasty buffet in your yard it will come back for seconds!

  16. Katie – That is very interesting! The side of my yard has lots of trees and stuff, so it’s very possible that she has a nest over there somewhere. I don’t encourage the birds to come to my yard because I have four cats, but I think this one can take care of herself. 🙂 It would be neat if I get an explosion of flickers!

  17. Katie – That is very interesting! The side of my yard has lots of trees and stuff, so it’s very possible that she has a nest over there somewhere. I don’t encourage the birds to come to my yard because I have four cats, but I think this one can take care of herself. 🙂 It would be neat if I get an explosion of flickers!

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