|A male Gilded Flicker swoops in to meet his "Red Shafted" Northern|
Flicker mate, both flashing their differing colors.
Taken November 13th at Papago Park ponds, Tempe, AZ, by Peggy Thomas
|Male Gilded Flicker, Papago Park, Nov. 2014|
Gordon - "Last winter I discovered a 'Red-shafted' Northern Flicker in South Mountain park that was hanging around with a Gilded Flicker and it pretty much spent the winter there. But have not seen it since, but there are several Gilded Flickers still in that same location. I was kind of watching for some hybridization, but did not find any."
|Female "Red-shafted" Northern Flicker, |
Papago Park, Nov. 2014.
My photos were taken in November, not exactly breeding time for Gilded or Northern Flickers. So it will be interesting to see in the coming months if these two are still at Papago Park and actually mate and produce hybrids.
Thank you Gordon Karre and Pete Moulton for your input :-).
Photos by Peggy Thomas