Bird Banding In My Yard II

We caught a flicker! We caught a flicker!Scott and I ran outside, one on each side of the net. We didn’t want to miss this girl!
She was most displeased and voiced that displeasure loud and long.
Look at these feathers.. interesting color, no? I’d venture to say she is an intergrade or mix between red-shafted and yellow-shafted.
Scott Rashid getting the band on, she’s still yelling.
We had her less than 4 minutes total before we released her.
Here’s a peek at her pale wing linings.
And the outside.
I can’t print what she’s saying to me, sorry.
What do you think? Pure red-shafted or some level of intergrade?

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2 Responses to Bird Banding In My Yard II

  1. Rob Parsons says:

    Hi Connie, I’d say definitely an intergrade, that’s a really pale salmon color under the wings, and the rectrices look closer to yellow, but not the bright yellow I associate with “yellow-shafted” fickers.

    Cheers,
    Rob

  2. DaveABirding says:

    I’m pretty sure she is saying, “Thank you for gathering my data for the benefit of the scientific community! I hope that by doing so, and sharing my picture you will have taught others about me.”

    Its just their dialect that made you think she was cursing!

    Great pictures.

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