Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Thanksgiving Bird

Today marks the first frost for Vancouver, British Columbia. It also happens to be the eve of the Canadian Thanksgiving; where Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest season. I cannot think of a better day to observe a new bird at the feeders -- the Northern Flicker.

I noticed her silhouette on the rooftop, out of the corner of my eye! A real beauty, she was!

She obviously noticed several song birds visiting my backyard feeders and flew down to investigate...

Coming in for a closer look.....

Ahhh, so this is what the fuss is all about, huh? Yummy PB&J suet. She pecked for quite a while...

Soon after, her mate followed...

He preferred to take advantage of the WBU Insta-feeder...

The Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, is one of the few woodpecker species that migrates.

What an honor it is to host this beautiful pair....on our Canadian Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!~


  1. Wow...awesome...what a beautiful pair!!

  2. I was so thrilled to see them, Robbie! I'm hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship :)

  3. Wow! That's great! Beautiful bird and great photos.

  4. I love flickers, and this is a great series of photos.

  5. Great Thanksgiving Visitors! And very nice photos of them I might say!

  6. Very great photo, it can be a host or hostess Thanksgiving Gifts