I have been watching a pair of Northern Flickers at a nest site at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They are next to the road in an old dead cottonwood tree. Yesterday I was able to stop in front of the tree and get a few photos before moving on. I was hoping to see them bringing food to the young, but I read that the young are fed by regurgitation.
Nests are generally placed 6-15 feet off the ground, but on rare occasions can be over 100 feet high. This one looks to be close to the 15 foot mark.
Northern Flicker At NestNorthern Flicker - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma
Northern Flicker Facts
[list] [*]They are cavity nesters which typically nest in trees, but they also use posts and birdhouses if sized and situated appropriately. [*]They prefer to excavate their own home, although they reuse and repair damaged or abandoned nests. [*]Flickers are sometimes driven from nesting sites by another cavity nester, the European starling. [*]About 1 to 2 weeks are needed for a mated pair to build the nest. The entrance hole is roughly 2 to 3.9inches wide. [*]A typical clutch consists of six to eight eggs whose shells are pure white with a smooth surface and high gloss. [*]The eggs are the second-largest of the North American woodpecker species, exceeded only by the Pileated Woodpecker's. [*]Incubation is by both sexes for about 11 to 12 days. [*]The young are fed by regurgitation and fledge about 25 to 28 days after hatching. (Wikipedia) [/list]
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