FW: [Tweeters] A Very Dirty or Very Dark Flicker!

Rachel Lawson rwlawson at q.com
Fri Jan 9 08:49:21 PST 2015

I answer the email at Seattle Audubon, and, coincidentally, on Tuesday I looked online for photos of abnormally plumaged flickers, to answer a question from someone in Minnesota. I came across photos of melanistic birds very similar to the one Joan photographed.



Rachel Lawson


rwlawson at q.com

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joan Miller
Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2015 4:29 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] A Very Dirty or Very Dark Flicker!


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!


Joan Miller
West Seattle

jemskink at g mail dot com

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