Sunday, May 2, 2010

Northern Flicker from Garret Mountain

The Northern Flicker is one of our favorite types of woodpeckers found in New Jersey. We get plenty of red-bellied woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers in our yard. We get an occasional hairy woodpecker and other members of the woodpecker family including yellow-bellied sapsuckers and white-breasted nuthatches. The suet feeders and seed keep most of these woodpeckers coming back. A downy woodpecker has even made a home in a hollowed out tree limb. However, the northern flicker doesn't come to our feeders but stops by occasionally to eat insects off the ground or trees. Here are two photos of this bird that we took at Garret Mountain this weekend.
Northern Flicker from Garret Mountain
Flicker

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Anonymous jon said...

hi!

my name is jon, I'm a wedding/portrait photographer in need of your knowledgeable assistance. I'm trying to identify a woodpecker via a photo I took a few weeks back, but am not confident with the images provided on wikipedia's "list of new jersey birds".

would you be able to assist me? please let me know!

please email me at: jon AT dreamlitephotography DOT com

thank you =]

May 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Jon,

You can email us a photo by clicking on the link on the right labeled "Click here to e-mail photo."

The most common woodpeckers in New Jersey are the Downy Woodpecker and the Red-bellied Woodpecker. The Hairy Woodpecker looks similar to the downy but is larger and has a much longer bill. At certain times of the year, we encounter the Yellow-bellied sapsucker. There's also a much smaller White-breasted Nuthatch. Much less common in new jersey is the Red Headed Woodpecker. I'm told there are Pileated Woodpeckers but we've only seen them in Florida.

As long as we are listing woodpeckers, I'll add a link to some Woodpeckers in Arizona and the Jamaican Woodpecker which are not found in NJ.

May 3, 2010 at 5:37 AM  

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