1. The starlings took over the flicker's nest cavity, but the flickers are not going away without a fight!  2. Just before the flicker stuck his head into the hole, I saw a starling fly out!  3. Maybe they can get in and get their own eggs going now? 4. Hope so anyway.  You can see the yellow shafts of the flight feathers in this picture.  Thus the original name, Yellow Shafted Flicker. They changed the name to Northern Flicker.  There is also a Red Shafted Flicker.


Images taken May 2, 2014 and comments from my sister Donna Casey, a few years before she passed away... 


The Northern Flicker is one of the few North American woodpeckers that is strongly migratory. Flickers in the northern parts of their range move south for the winter, although a few individuals often stay rather far north. Northern Flickers generally nest in holes in trees like other woodpeckers. Occasionally, they’ve been found nesting in old, earthen burrows. Like most woodpeckers, Northern Flickers drum on objects as a form of communication and territory defense.


As always, thanks to Karen for another fun Use It All mini...