Not “Unseen.” More like “Uncanny.”

On May 26, 2012, we published a post titled “Unseen.” It said Northern Flickers hadn’t been noticed much around here recently.

Separately, people who saw a Flicker and weren’t sure what kind of bird it was, went online to search for a picture that could help them identify it. They found our post with its photo, and the bird’s name.

Many sent us a comment to let us know. Seems Flickers weren’t “unseen” everywhere.

It’s normal for a post to get a few comments, but “Unseen” generated an uncanny number. Close to a hundred at last count.

And they still come in. Some in response to that 2012 post, and some to the one you’re reading now.

2. male Northern Flicker - ground feeding woodpecker 30 sep 2014 nama landfil_1 copy

Flickers are out there, even though experts have reported they’re declining.

Well, they’re not declining on this site. Here’s another picture.

Ray and Barbara from North Adams, Massachusetts were nice enough to send it.

Flickers may be scarce in our neck of the woods, but they’re still spotted.

14 Responses to “Not “Unseen.” More like “Uncanny.””

  1. Maggid says:

    There was a pair living – seasonally – in a rotting limb of an old tree – some people here decided the tree was inconvenient – and called a tree service to remove it . . I was so upset . . about the bird family being displaced . . . there is a quiet walk I take to catch a bus . . and several times, there they were . . so i feel assured they are going to be okay . . and, i had the opportunity to enjoy them a few more times . . .

    needless to say, your post makes me happy. Thank you.

  2. Rich Willott says:

    Why haven’t there been any regular posts for such a long time? I’ve always enjoyed your blog – so what happened?

    Rich from Long Island

  3. Two-Fisted Bird Watcher says:

    Thanks Rich. A summer slow-down. We’re hoping to pick up the pace. If we can get our act together, we might make some of this into a book. Meanwhile, thanks again for following the blog.
    Best,
    TFBW

  4. Rich says:

    I’ll watch this space. If you do come out with a book, I’ll buy it. And hold it in both fists while I read it.

  5. Rich says:

    Had a slippage of brain cogs there. I’d better specify that I’m that other Rich, from Chicago.

    (From near Indian Boundary Park, more specifically, where a blue heron has been hanging out. Good times.)

  6. Peg says:

    Flickers are so cool. I especially love their call. It seems so exotic when heard here in CT. Thinking back, I’d say the Northern Flicker is one of the birds that drew me to my fascination with birds.
    Rich & Rich, thank you for asking the question I’ve been afraid to. Two Fist, I’m so glad you’re not giving up this blog!

  7. Bob says:

    Just saw four Fickers in our back yard here in central Iowa. Must have gotten hungry in their flight south.

  8. Rick says:

    just seen a couple hanging out on lawman and tree! Very beautiful bird.

  9. Rick says:

    Seen a couple in regina(flickers).

  10. Andrea says:

    There have been a few around the farm this year and I just looked online to see what they are and found your page. Today I have seen four adults and three teenage Flickers. They have moved into the barn (lots of ways in) and I am pretty sure there are more teenagers in the barn, maybe a dozen.

  11. Margo says:

    Saw one in Stoneham MA yesterday 7/9/16 Was on ground in backyard. Didn’t stay long. Don’t remember if I’ve seen him around before.

  12. Dixie Bertrand says:

    Saw my first northern flicker in my yard, in Ogdensburg, NY

  13. CAROL says:

    I saw about a half dozen Flicker in my back yard just outside my kitchen window having a smorgisbord this afternoon among an array of other birds. With all the rain we have been having I wonder if they are feasting on the worms and/or grubworms that come to the surface when it rains. They were on the ground with their beaks in the ground for a while seemingly to search for some kind of grub. Like I said, there were many birds out in the back yard of our northern Minnesota home. Some playing and some feasting. It made me appreciate them for aerating our lawn. Like others, I had never seen or heard of this bird before so when I googled a description of these birds it brought me to your web sight. Thanks for putting the information out there. It made it easy for me to identify this bird.

  14. Ginger says:

    Found your site after searching for a bird with a red spot on its head. I’m happy to report that there were two birds as pictured above in my back yard playing a sort of leap frog over each other around a tree trunk and on our rail fence in northern Ohio. There had been a third bird, perhaps a female, that flew off while these two were taunting each other.

Leave a Comment