[Tweeters] Unusual Flicker

jedunne at u.washington.edu jedunne at u.washington.edu
Thu Jun 11 14:22:39 PDT 2015


Thanks. That's what I suspected but since I haven't seen the yellow shafted here, I wasn't confident.
John, B'ham

On Thu, 11 Jun 2015, Sammy Catiis wrote:


> From Cornell:

> The red-shafted and yellow-shafted forms of the Northern Flicker formerly were considered different species. The two forms

> hybridize extensively in a wide zone from Alaska to the panhandle of Texas. A hybrid often has some traits from each of the two

> forms and some traits that are intermediate between them. The Red-shafted Flicker also hybridizes with the Gilded Flicker, but

> less frequently.

>  

> I myself have seen a Yellow with the Red Mustache here in Arlington..  it's one of those species that since mixed, you see

> variations.. although most prominently original species are more common.

>  

> Sammy in Arlington

>  

> > Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:08:14 -0700

> > From: jedunne at u.washington.edu

> > To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> > Subject: [Tweeters] Unusual Flicker

> >

> > Yesterday on my suet feeder in Bellingham, I saw a northern flicker with a prominent red patch on the back of it's neck.

> Sibley's identifies this as the yellow shafted sub-species from the eastern tiaga. However, when it flew, it clearly was red

> shafted. I have never seen this on the west side of the mountains. Has anyone else?

> > John Dunne

> > Bellingham, WA

> >

> >

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