Monday, March 8, 2010
Name That Bird
We have a small opening in the door leading to our screened porch, allowing easy access for Indy. Of course this also allows a multitude of other critters to visit.
On Sunday I saw what looked at first glance to be a pigeon on the porch. However, when I went out to open the door and initiate a rescue mission, I discovered the pigeon was actually a woodpecker. I looked it up and identified the bird to be a Northern Flicker, one of Missouri's seven species of native woodpeckers.
I chased the flicker around the porch where it flapped and fluttered around until the open door finally served as an exit.
Later, my husband informed me that flickers can be quite aggressive, claiming that one of them pecked him pretty hard several years ago. Probably best I didn't know this before I went on my rescue mission. (Note the long and powerful beak--ouch!!) But all's well that ends well.
Oh and one final reminder. There's still time to enter the caption contest. Winner will be chosen mid-week, so good luck to all!