Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
I really have a particular affection for the Piciformes : woodpeckers, flickers, sapsuckers, flamebacks.. I find these birds absolutely fascinating.
I am always in awe when I see a picture of a Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus). A couple of years ago my wife spotted one while on a walk by the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana. But I did not, and her pictures made me feel a bit jealous to be honest :)
Northern Flickers are often seen on the ground, feeding on ants and beetles. They use their bill to dig in the ground. Nevertheless, I spotted this one up on a tree, at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park.