Posted by: locaphile | November 5, 2013

Flicker eviction, November 2013

Locaphile Northern Flicker, November 2013

It started with spooky sounds in the house, knocking some where like there was a ghost… It was Halloween after all and someone could have been teasing us.  But no, it was the sound of a male Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) gouging out a hole in the side of our house so that it could have a nice cozy roost for the winter.  Our older house seems to be very attractive to Flickers, this being the second hole that they have bored in it.  The Flicker is a very loud bird and we were very appreciative to have them around the garden this summer as they ate up a lot of ants.  A hole in the house is too much though so we waited for the Flicker to fly out and then we sealed it up, trying not to trample the garden with the big extension ladder.  Despite our having evicted him, I hope that the Flicker will not go too far away.



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