[Tweeters] A Very Dirty or Very Dark Flicker!

Kelly Cassidy highsteppe at icloud.com
Thu Jan 8 18:55:58 PST 2015

I don't think it's a dirty (or sooty) flicker. If that were the case, I'd expect the red cheek patch and the red/orange tail feathers to be dark, too. I think it's a melanistic bird. Google melanistic flicker. There are a few pics out there.

Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA

> On Jan 8, 2015, at 4:29 PM, Joan Miller <jemskink at gmail.com> wrote:


> Tweets,


> This incredibly dark Red-Shafted Flicker visited my suet today. I saw it the other day but wasn't able to photograph it then. Luckily today I happened to look out and see it today!


> What the heck is going on? Has anyone ever seen such a dark Flicker? It looks like it took a bath in an oil spill. Only by the shape, size, tail, and tell-tale red moustache could I tell it was a Flicker.


> I've posted photos: I hope you can them.I'm new to Flickr!


> https://www.flickr.com/photos/103959334@N02/sets/72157649786583628/


> Joan Miller

> West Seattle

> jemskink at g mail dot com

> _______________________________________________

> Tweeters mailing list

> Tweeters at u.washington.edu

> http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mailman11.u.washington.edu/pipermail/tweeters/attachments/20150108/3734cd97/attachment.html>

More information about the Tweeters mailing list