Monday, October 20, 2014

Northern Flicker Eating Ants



Northern Flicker - Yellow Shafted variety (unique red mark at nape of the neck) makes a rare appearance in front of the camera eating ants. A very striking member of the woodpecker family it usually eats ants and bugs on the ground and is often heard in the deep woods with a call rivaling the great Pileated Woodpecker, but in the deep Great Smoky Mountains it is a rare sight.  It would have stayed longer, but a Chipmunk spooked it. 

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Northern Flicker Eating Ants