A surprise visitor

I glanced out the window and was surprised to see this northern flicker sitting on the grass by my patio. He seemed to be picking up insects, and he kept it up for at least five minutes. This is the first time I can recall a flicker visiting our backyard bird buffet, so I was delighted to catch him with my camera. I have seen them on the trees in the park, but never in my backyard. It was a rainy day, one that was going to keep me indoors, so what a gift to be able to capture his picture, just by opening the window and leaning out a little. These are the best of the 10 or 11 shots I took before he flew away (The red in the lower right corner is the leg of the patio chair). (Click on a picture to enlarge the gallery.)

That’s it for today’s post, which involved a glance out the window rather than a walk “along the trail.”

Thanks for stopping by.
Carolyn aka Skip

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