The weather has been so mild this week here in Northern California, I’m beginning to get Spring Fever. Although it might just be a virus. I found this draft of a post from last May, and thought I might as well finish it.
In California, the Northern Flicker is represented by the red-shafted version of this species. They are easy to hear when you happen to be in their vicinity, but are not always visible. I have seen them feeding on the ground, but recently I stood near a stand of pines where I heard one calling, and waited until it flew out and over my head. It landed on a branch with its back to me, and then turned a bit to pose.