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Gilded Flicker in Victoria?
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Author:  Sitkum [ May 15 9:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Gilded Flicker in Victoria?

I'm not a birder (although I love watching them) and this is my first post so please excuse my nervousness.
While walking in the rain today in Victoria (Front & Russell Streets) I saw a very attractive bird feeding on something in the crack of the sidewalk. I managed to take this very poor photo with my phone before it flew away.
It has very distinct markings and I think that it might be a Gilded Flicker although if that is true this bird is a long way from it's normal habitat in Arizona and Baja.
I would appreciated it if some of the experts out there could offer their opinions.

Author:  therobwalker [ May 15 11:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gilded Flicker in Victoria?

Thanks for the post, and you are not far off from your ID, from a field mark standpoint; you have a Northern Flicker, of the red-shafted variety, which is the local version here in Victoria :)

Author:  Sitkum [ May 16 7:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gilded Flicker in Victoria?

I guess its nice, deep tan tricked me :D It sure is a lovely bird and I have never seen one.
Thanks for letting me know.

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