Red Shafted Flicker~

The Northern Flicker is a type of woodpecker.

In the western US, Flickers have red cheeks and tail feathers, but in the east they have yellow accents.

This guy was so relaxed around me, he started snoozing while I was photographing him,

and then hopped over for a closer look!

I photographed him in The San Bernardino Mountains, near Big Bear Lake California.


These photos were taken before the region was hit with five major storms, leaving several feet of snow and alleviating the drought.

Cheers To you from snowy & birdie, Southern California~

236 thoughts on “Red Shafted Flicker~

  1. I love those birds. Their calls are like some wild tropical thing. The coloring differences east to west are very interesting. Our flickers have the little red patch on the head but dark cheeks and the yellow accents. In the south, they’re called yellowhammers for that coloration and their drumming, I guess.

  2. That is one gorgeous bird. I’m taken with the very notion of a bird having cheeks. That the cheeks have a distinct, vivid color on the creature is icing on the… um, cheek. Lovely photos, as always.

  3. How gorgeous photos. Your bird photos are amazing and landscapes – wow. I noticed the word San Bernardino in Your text. We have been visited to San Bernardino many years ago and it was due to the Song telling about San Bernardino. πŸ™‚ Thank You.

    Have a good day!

    • Thank you for your thoughtfulness. It is much appreciated. I think you are referring to this song by the Christies:
      “I’ve been all around this great big world
      to Paris and Rome
      And I’ve never found a place that I could
      really call my own.
      But there’s one place where I know
      the sun is shining endlessly
      And it’s calling me across the sea
      so I must get back to SAN BERNADINO.”
      The San Bernardino Mountain range is surrounded by other ranges, many of which are still quite wild, and beautiful, and high.

      • That is the Song. Many years ago, we made a road trip visiting, San Francisco, Muir Woods, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Las Angeles and many places between them. So, song made us to visit San Bernardino. Isn’t very cool.

        Also, we cried when we heard in San Francisco the song: San Francisco by Scott McKenzie..

  4. I love how you can get close up to the birds. We are under freezing rain at the moment.
    I took some photos of wrens up close on the other side of my picture window – but they aren’t in my PC yet. I need a better camera!

    Anyway I do have some friends from FL – I’ll send them to you via an email πŸ™‚

  5. What beautiful photos you take. Somehow, God has given me an increased love for birds over the last few years. I think seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “The Birds” ruined them for me for a while. My roommate in college was terrified of birds. I wonder if she saw that flick. Now, I snap to attention when a bird goes gliding by or I catch one at rest. Then I soak in the beauty of the little darlings. Thanks for showing us your pix.

    • Hitchcock’s movie was excellent, but it certainly didn’t advance understanding of bird behavior. I am so glad you appreciate birds more now as reflections of the wonder of God ❀

  6. Hi Cindy, I vastly understated what I think of your photos. They are certainly much more than just pretty pictures. The composition, lighting and clarity are really superb, especially the ones of the Red Flicker. Professional quality. Do you mind if I re-post them on my blog?

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