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January 16, 2017 – Northern Flicker

Northern FlickerSometimes there really is “No place like home!”. This morning before we headed out for a some local birding, Ingrid spotted a Northern Flicker on our suet feeder. It’s not unusual to see a Northern Flicker in Maine during the Spring, Summer and Fall but seeing one in January is remarkable. We had a similar visit on December 22 . . . perhaps the same bird. Obviously this one had not migrated south.

A little later in the day, we was a Red-bellied Woodpecker (sorry no photo), again a woodpecker outside of his winter range.

The rest of the day was fun but we didn’t see anything new or unusual: Mallards, Buffleheads, Mergansers and Ring-billed Gulls. Lots of Northern Shrikes being spotted around the state so we are keeping out eyes out.

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