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Red-shafted Flicker

Colaptes auratus cafer


Lots of woodpeckers had moved into this large fire damaged forest. The Red-shafted Flicker male is distinguished by his red mustache. Pic 4 he gets soot on his chin and mustache.


Spotted in a fire damaged forest.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you so much Neil. I was determined to get a picture of a woodpecker while I was in New Mexico, especially in the fire damaged forest. I just didn't know it was going to be a Red-shafted Flicker.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Beautiful markings. Wonderful spotting and photos, Brian.

Saturniidae27 a year ago

Love the orange mark near its beak:)

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Tukup, Watson5 and Maria for the kind words.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

The flickers are such pretty birds - we have the yellow-shafted where I live and it's always a treat to see them.

Watson5 a year ago

Thanks for sharing the link to the article Brian! I enjoyed learning more about the specific birds who seek out fire damaged forests. Thank you!

Tukup a year ago

Great series Brian. Good description too. I look forward to seeing you in your Ranger hat" soon. I was glad to hear it.

Brian38 a year ago

Thanks Watson5. I cant believe its been almost 8 years since the "Little Bear Fire" which destroyed or damaged a lot of forest and Bonita Lake in Lincoln County. Many bird species benefit from forest fires including woodpeckers. Here is an article from BirdNote that originally ran on, July 2011.

Watson5 a year ago

Great picture! The colors are so vibrant. It's interesting to hear that woodpeckers are moving into a fire damaged forest.

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New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Oct 16, 2019
Submitted on Dec 22, 2019

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