Flicker of recognition for our little drummer bird
We all know about the early bird that gets the worm but what about the bird in the Fairview neighbourhood that gets to drumming on the tops of street lights just after sunrise?
In March of 2015 I referred to one of them as a woodpecker. This morning (April 25) I saw and heard another one and this time I think I can narrow down the identification to a specific member of the woodpecker family.
Apparently when a northern flicker drums on a metal surface, such as galvanized flashing, steel railing or the top of a streetlight, it’s trying to declare its territory to the greatest possible number of surrounding birds.
Metal naturally resonates louder than wood and therefore provides the northern flicker with the most bang for its beak, as it were. Click the image to enlarge it.