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Old Jul 15, 2010, 5:29 PM   #1
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OK you bird fans, I can't find this one in any of my bird books. Shot in my back yard in Upstate New York. Didn't get much of a chance to shoot him and the shots I got were soft. It's that time of year were this could be a young bird so I'm thinking this is why I can't identify him. Anyone recognize what kind of bird this is?
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 7:09 PM   #2
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Looks to me like a Northern Flicker (formerly called the Yellow Shafted Flicker). A member of the woodpecker family, often seen on the ground eating ants!

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker/id
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Yes, a Norhter Flicker. The Yellow Shafted variety, as opposed to the Red Shafted one.

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That's him, thanks guys.
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Agree - they love eating ants.
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