[Tweeters] Northern Flicker Intergrades

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Mon Jul 13 12:40:03 PDT 2015


In my experience (in my own yard and elsewhere and from specimens at the Slater Museum) red-shafted Northern Flickers with red nape markings are not uncommon as breeders in Washington. I don’t think those individuals are intergrades or should be reported as such when they are otherwise typical red-shafted. I think the red nape markings have been incorporated into these populations genetically over many generations and don’t indicate intergradation with yellow-shafted populations. It would indeed be interesting to see what proportion of breeding flickers have such red, probably higher than most of us think, and very interesting to map the extent of that all over the West.

Dennis Paulson

On Jul 13, 2015, at 12:00 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:

> Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:17:52 -0700

> From: "Grace and Ollie" <grace.ollie at frontier.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Northern Flicker Intergrades

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> 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.


> Thanks,


> Grace Oliver


> Redmond

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