Re-post from March 27, 2010:
"Especially now when views are becoming more polarized,
we must work to understand each other across political,
religious and national boundaries."
— Jane Goodall
If this isn't a Gilded Flicker, please let me know! It might be a Northern Flicker? I'm just learning....
When I first approached this bird it was on the ground digging. I'm guessing it was making a place for a nest. After it flew away and joined its mate in a nearby tree, I examined the ground and found a small cave like hole dug out of the earth. I'll have to read about these birds (I hope I have identified them correctly) and see if they have nests on the ground. I'm brand new to birding. What utterly fascinating creatures they are! So much beauty too. No bird belongs in a cage....
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