Flicker Breakfast, Yellowstone National Park
Park's Northern Range, during early summer
of 2007, I found a flicker nest in an aspen
tree. This year I went back to see if I could
watch the young emerge from the nest... The
nesting cavity was vacant and I was
disappointed that I missed an oportunity to
capture an image like the one you see here.
A few weeks past, and in late June of 2008, I
returned to the same area to look around one
more time - I caught sight of a Northern
Flicker! I watched for about 10 minutes and
was able to track it to a nearby nesting cavity.
This year, it was again in an aspen, but a few
hundred feet away from last year's nest. I
captured this image about 8:30 a.m. I believe
there were 3-4 beaks sticking out of the hole
and a great deal of noise came from the nest
when the parent departed...
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