A Northern Flicker spotted by the Old Trail Bridge last week. Photo: Ron Wilson

A Northern Flicker spotted by the Old Trail Bridge last week. Photo: Ron Wilson

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on Wilson spotted this Northern Flicker by the Old Trail Bridge on Feb. 2.

Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage.

On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground.

It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill.

When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.

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