[Tweeters] A Very Dirty or Very Dark Flicker!

Kelly Cassidy highsteppe at icloud.com
Thu Jan 8 18:55:58 PST 2015


I don't think it's a dirty (or sooty) flicker. If that were the case, I'd expect the red cheek patch and the red/orange tail feathers to be dark, too. I think it's a melanistic bird. Google melanistic flicker. There are a few pics out there.

Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA


> On Jan 8, 2015, at 4:29 PM, Joan Miller <jemskink at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Tweets,

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> This incredibly dark Red-Shafted Flicker visited my suet today. I saw it the other day but wasn't able to photograph it then. Luckily today I happened to look out and see it today!

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> What the heck is going on? Has anyone ever seen such a dark Flicker? It looks like it took a bath in an oil spill. Only by the shape, size, tail, and tell-tale red moustache could I tell it was a Flicker.

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> I've posted photos: I hope you can them.I'm new to Flickr!

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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/103959334@N02/sets/72157649786583628/

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> Joan Miller

> West Seattle

> jemskink at g mail dot com

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