Starlings, grackles and red-winged blackbirds have vacated these summer breeding grounds and are now further south. Among our remaining birds is a colourful woodpecker, the Northern Flicker. Over the past few weeks, a female of the yellow-shafted variety has been providing me with a complimentary lawn service of pest control and soil aeration.
|Bill deep in my patchy lawn, she probes for edibles.|
|You can see why this flicker is the yellow-shafted version.|
|She pulls out an item that might be a spider.|
|A quick check for danger before resuming her treasure hunt.|
|Jackpot! A plump and juicy grub. Sweet!|