For about the past week, we've had a Northern Flicker in our yard. She hangs out on my back deck by my bedroom, where I have several bird feeders. I keep them filled with black-oiled sunflower seeds. She's pretty big, probably around the size of a large crow, but a little smaller than a raven. She just hangs out on my feeder, eating the seeds and pecking at the deck. I have a platform-type flat feeder that hangs on my deck railing. She just sits up there happily for the longest time. The other day she was sitting there when a squirrel jumped up with her. The squirrel (I call her Nips) took one look at the big bird and hopped back down. They did this over and over and I thought they were going to fight for awhile. However, they managed to take turns and seemed to be sharing the feeder. I also noticed that she sat there motionless for the longest time. I thought something might be scaring her, so I got up to look -- she was sound ASLEEP!
If you click on the link above, you'll see this bird is a red-shafted female Northern Flicker. They're members of the woodpecker family and mostly eat ants. Just like the Pileated Woodpeckers, males have the red moustache on the sides of their faces. This one doesn't have that, so I'm assuming she's a female. She sees me in my room taking pictures and she's a little skittish, but she doesn't fly away. I haven't seen her today yet, but she sure has made a mess on my deck. She tosses the seeds everywhere! We've seen these birds year-round here, but this the first time I've seen one hanging out so long. I guess until the snow melts and the ants come back, she'll be happy eating sunflower seeds -- and hopefully, Flicky will share with Nips.