[Tweeters] flickers in groups and Re: MaryFrances Mathes

MaryFrances Mathis mf.mathis at verizon.net
Fri Oct 28 17:02:32 PDT 2005

Hi Bob and Tweets,

Yes, the yellow-shafted Flicker I saw at JBP was a "true" one. It had a
plain buffy-brown face, a red crescent on the nape, and very golden-yellow
tail and underwings. Also, it and the intergrade male were doing the
described "dance" with the wicka calls, while the others watched.

Very interesting and informative discussion.

MaryFrances Mathis


mf.mathis at verizon.net


From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of BobnBernie
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:27 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu; Dennis Paulson
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] flickers in groups and Re: MaryFrances Mathes

We also have flickers coming in groups of three or more and have had the
same in the past this time of the year. We saw two females do a dance for a
male on one occasion. Be alert for this. We have a movie of this taken
through a window so it is not the best quality and you can't hear the sound
they were making. It was different then any sound we have heard from them.
That was what alerted us and why we looked.

It can be viewed at http://home.comcast.net/~bnbbirds05/Flicker_Dance.wmv

MaryFrances, was the yellow shafted a true yellow shafted or an intergade?
We have seen three male intergrades in the last couple of weeks. One has
head markings of a red-shafted with two small red marks on the nape where
the ends of the crescent would be on a yellow-shafted. The second is the
same with almost a full crescent on the nape. The third has head markings of
a red-shafted with two small marks on the nape. It has yellow shafts.

We have never seen a true yellow-shafted that we are aware of. We saw our
first intergrade last year. That was when we first learned of their
existence from the bird count reports and began actively looking for them
and yellow-shafted.

Robert Meyer

Between Renton and Issaquah.

Mailto:BobnBernie at Comcast.com

----- Original Message -----

From: Dennis <mailto:dennispaulson at comcast.net> Paulson

To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 10:14 AM

Subject: [Tweeters] flickers in groups

Hello, tweets.

I have flickers coming to my suet feeders regularly, but I've noticed that
they often come en masse. Just now four flickers (3 males and a female)
swooped into the yard virtually as a group, and that seems much more often
to be the case (but not always 4) than coming as individuals. They are
somewhat aggressive to one another, but not that much. I suppose it's quite
possible they are a family group, but I didn't realize they stayed in
association this late in the fall. Has anyone else seen this phenomenon?

Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115


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