[Tweeters] Flicker w/ deformed bill in Madrona.

sawnch okinokee at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 12:44:00 PDT 2018


Was just out for my lunchtime nature sketching at Al Larkins Park in
Madrona and found a male Northern Flicker with a severely deformed bill.
Both upper and lower mandible are curved opposite one another, with the
upper bill displaying a jagged edge. He was perched at the north end of the
park in the big maple near next to the red pine by a private residence.

I can only imagine how this guy is surviving with a bill like this. It
probably helps that flickers mostly eat terrestrial ants lapped up from the
ground, but what about display drumming? This poor guy is probably on the
bench.
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