Northern Flicker

I saw this stunning bird sitting in the yard using her curved bill to dig for insects in the ground.  Though I was quite thrilled with my encounter, others didn’t share my enthusiasm.  I was told that while beautiful, flickers can also be a nuisance —  pecking holes and doing damage to both trees and houses.

“I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made the judge.”  ~Herman Melville