Dark-eyed Junco & Northern Flicker

Dark-eyed Junco & Northern Flicker

#NeighborhoodBirds

 

The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.

Dark-eyed Junco: This small bird is a common sight across North America, seen foraging on forest floors. Look for their dark grey heads, and bright white outer tail feathers that can be seen while in flight.

  • Fun Fact: One of the most common birds in North America, there are an estimated 630 million Dark-eyed Juncos across the continent.

 

Northern Flicker: Most people expect to see woodpeckers banging away at trees, but the Northern Flicker is more likely to be spotted on the ground as they dig for their main diet of ants and beetles. Of course, if you have a suet feeder or sunflower seeds, you’ll likely see them at your bird feeder.

  • Fun Fact: You can tell the male and female apart by one simple telltale sign: the male has a red “mustache” just to the side of his bill as can be seen in the photo.

 

If you would like to learn more about the birds you see around town, visit https://audubonportland.org/