About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Photo Share: Flicker fights flurries to the feeder

Snow brings many birds to the feeders, even the less common feeder birds. Northern Flickers don’t make a habit of visiting bird feeders, but bad weather draws them in to search for an easy meal of suet or nuts and a visit to the bird bath.

In Michigan, the snow prevents flickers from their favored means of ground foraging. A flicker’s tongue is smoother and sticker than other woodpecker species. It is shaped less like a harpoon and more like a brush to sweep up one of their preferred foods, ants. But they still have a long, hard bill to chisel out ant colonies or beetles hiding in bark.

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