We had a new bird in the garden today. Anyone recognise it?
I’m guessing it’s some kind of woodpecker, despite it being on the ground. We have a lot of ants, and I’m sure it didn’t have to try so hard just picking them out of the grass.
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Just on the off-chance anyone gives a flying fig…
My “Compact Guide to British Columbia Birds” (ISBN 1-55105-471-X) would have me believe this is actually a male Red Shafted Northern Flicker. Colaptes auratus cafer, if you’d prefer.
Turns out they really do like ants too! To the extent that they bathe in crushed ant juice to kill parasites with the formic acid. Ew…
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