[Tweeters] Northern Flicker Intergrades

Grace and Ollie grace.ollie at frontier.com
Sun Jul 12 12:17:52 PDT 2015

Calling all Birders to check out their Northern Flickers during these summer
months. The reason ebird classifies the intergrades as rare is because I am
the only one to report them during summer months. Well they breed and feed
their young at my feeders during summer. But I find it hard to believe they
are not around in other areas as well. It is common to see flickers at a
distance or just to hear them, when it is not possible to get them to
sub-species. But if you do get one to sub-species, please report the
sighting to ebird.

For starters, today looking for the possibly gone, Black Phoebe at Magnuson
Park, our group had the good luck to get scoped views of a Northern Flicker
on a snag. It had the red mustachio and red nap 'V' like mark on nape of
neck. Bingo, it is an intergrade. So they are around, but it is not
possible to verify each one we see. Please help the cause and turn them
into 'not rare' sub-species in our area.


Grace Oliver


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