Daily Archives: November 8, 2013

Flicker and Friends 11-8-13

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

 

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

This adult female northern flicker, Colaptes auratus, showed up a couple of days ago in my yard and has adopted it.  This is a large woodpecker.  The male has a bright red malar or “mustache.”  The malar on this female is a light orange.   The bird forages on the ground for tasty grubs and later pops pyracantha berries.

Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler

 

Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler

The Myrtle warbler is a variety of the yellow-rumped warbler, by and far the most common warbler that winters in Jacumba. This is a dull “first winter” female. (I think)

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

 

Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

This is a small hawk.  The larger relative is the the well-known and common Cooper’s Hawk.  Very fast and acrobatic in its pursuit of small birds. A very efficient predator.

Scott's Oriole on a pole

Scott’s Oriole on a pole

I could not resist this swizzle-stick oriole.