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Old Wednesday 17th May 2006, 13:35   #1
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I need help identifying a bird

I was sitting down for my coffee this morning and saw a bird about the size of a Robin. It has a long beek about 2" and a red y on the back of its neck. The throat is black and has black teardrops from the corner of the mouth. The belly is a dirty white/gray with black spots. The tail feathers are longer than the beek. The wings are rust brown with black markings much like a pheasant. I live in Northern Lower Michigan. Any Ideas? It was also eating from the ground working its beek in the ground.
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I think your bird was a Northern Flicker, a kind of woodpecker that often feeds on the ground.
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It sounds like you've got a Northern Flicker.
Great birds.

whoops looks like Andrew beat me to it...I confirm then.
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It sounds like you've got a Northern Flicker.
Great birds.

whoops looks like Andrew beat me to it...I confirm then.

It looks like that is correct. The only thing that confused me was the black teardrops form the mouth. Other than that it looks exactly like the pictures I have seen. Thanks to both of you. Wildernessgc
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It looks like that is correct. The only thing that confused me was the black teardrops form the mouth. Other than that it looks exactly like the pictures I have seen. Thanks to both of you. Wildernessgc

It is the males that have the black teardrops or malar.
Good! It is always good to get a positive id!
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