This Morning Outside
by Diane Porter
October 5, 2010
In the dimness of a foggy morning, a male flicker skulks in a patch of Iowa woods.
To be precise, it is a male Northern Flicker, whose scientific name is Colaptes auratus. This fellow belongs to the yellow-shafted subspecies. You can tell that because of his brown face and black whisker stripe. (The other race, which is found more westerly in North America, is red-shafted. Red-shafted Northern Flicker males have a gray face and a red whisker stripe.)