Weird hybrid

Rob Conway robin_birder at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 5 18:38:23 PDT 2000



Joanne and Tweets,

Sounds almost like a textbook immature LEWIS' WOODPECKER.

Rob Conway
Bellevue, WA

robin_birder at hotmail.com


>>Yesterday, for the second time, I saw a strangly plumaged flicker at the

>>suet block. The first time I saw it, its jizz was flicker, but the glimpse

>>was so short and the coloration so weird I decided that I had really seen

>>a

>>starling/brown-headed cowbird cross - if there is such a thing! This time

>>I

>>got a fairly long look but, of course, when I came back to the window with

>>my camera the bird had flown. I sat in front of the window, hiding behind

>>the curtains, for 3 hours but no luck. The bird had the body of a flicker

>>(beak, feet and all). Its head was a medium brown (about the color of

>>instant cocoa) - solid, no markings at all. The body was dark and speckled

>>with lighter spots. There was a bronze-irridescent cast to the body

>>plumage.

>>Very similar to a starlings breeding plumage. I am very familiar with

>>flickers around here and have seen a lot of red/yellow flicker hybrids in

>>various plumages but this was too weird! I really hope someone has seen or

>>heard of something like this. I have never seen anything like it and will

>>try to get a picture. It's difficult to get home while it's still light

>>during the week. Boy, work sure cuts into the important things in life!

>>

>>Regards, Joanne

>>Reardan (Spokane) WA

>>mailto: jhpowell at iea.com

>>

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