Meanwhile, let me share some photos I took yesterday of one of my favourite backyard visitors. As the weather cools and the days shorten, I find the Northern Flicker frequenting my yard daily to feast on the suet cakes hanging among the evergreen honeysuckle vines on the back fence. They are timid birds, tending to fly off as soon as I open the door, and because they always fly away from the yard I've been unable to capture the beautiful spread of brilliant orange under their wings and tail that shows only in flight.
But I was fortunate enough to be able to slip out on the back porch and capture these photos of the Flicker on the Fence (and later on the feeder). Even when there is only a hint of the orange among the feathers, they are still a strikingly beautiful bird. Enjoy!