Our backyard attracts a slew of woodpeckers, and lately we’ve been graced by the presence of an amusing if misguided Northern Flicker.
About twice a day, the bird will perch atop the transformer on our utility pole and start hammering away, which produces a very interesting hollow, metallic sound. He’ll wait about 30 seconds. And then he’ll do it again. Apparently the lesson that woodpeckers are meant to peck wood, and not metal, hasn’t landed yet. We love the li’l guy just the same.
The picture above shows the Flicker in mid-song, with his crest feathers raised a bit. Their call is fairly distinctive, and not uncommon in the area. Check out the “rolling rattle call” on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site here and see if you’ve heard it before.