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The Northern Flicker, or Common Flicker, is a member of the woodpecker family. It is a large bird, about 12" long, with black bars on its brown back, a black bib, and a red or black "whisker" stripe on the side of its face (male only). Eastern birds wear a red patch on the back of the neck and have yellow wing linings, while the western variety have salmon wing linings and no red patch. In the Southwest the gilded flicker has bright yellow underwings.

The flicker lives in open country with trees, farmlands, orchards, woodland edges, or in parks and suburban areas. It also likes areas near rivers and streams, as well as deserts with giant saguaro cacti. Its call is a loud, repeated "flicker, flicker, flicker."

It is the only woodpecker that generally feeds on the ground, searching for insects such as ants (about half their diet) and beetles. They will also feed on tree trunks. In the winter they may come to a feeder for suet and peanut butter, and they will eat wild fruits and berries as well.

Woodpeckers excavate their own cavities, and some will use a nesting box, while others will not. The North American woodpeckers who use nest boxes fairly often include the Northern Flicker and the Red-headed Woodpecker. Woodpeckers do not bring in nesting material to the birdhouse, since they generally excavate holes in rotted wood, where the soft wood makes good nesting material naturally. So placing wood chips or sawdust (from 1" or 2" deep to filling it completely full) in the nest box may help to attract them. Wood chips are superior, as sawdust can absorb moisture.

The flicker will migrate from northern areas to the southern states for winter, but if the climate is not extreme, it may use a nest box as a roosting place during the winter months.

In an area where starlings are plentiful, you may want to set up several houses so they can have their own and leave the flickers alone, as they are an aggressive competitor for nesting sites.

One of the best things you can do for any bird, but especially for woodpeckers, is to NOT cut down the old dead trees or dead branches in your yard. These provide insects and homes for many woodpeckers, and after they have moved on to a new nest site, for every other cavity-nesting species. Woodpeckers do not excavate live wood, so leave that old eyesore in your yard and help give the birds a home!

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Coveside Conservation Windowsill Feeder Natural
Coveside Conservation windowsill feeders will give you plenty of up close bird viewing from the comfort of your home. The feeders are designed to sit on your windowsill and are held in place by easy to use spring set dowels that fit securely in the screen window tracks.

Open Back and acrylic top gives you plenty of great viewing
• Fits double hung windows up to 38" wide
• Perforated metal screen feeding platform for proper drainage.
• Clean and fill from the inside of your house

Coveside Downy Woodpecker House

America's smallest woodpecker, the Downy is a backyard favorite. They are friendly little birds that enjoy being around people. Since Downys tend to use nest boxes in the winter as roosts to escape the cold, one might want to put up a house in the fall. Comes standard with slate squirrel guard and wood chips.
RANGE: Resides throughout eastern United States.
HABITAT: Likes open forests of mixed growth, orchards, swamps.

(15-1/2"h x 5-3/4"w x 8"d)

Coveside Northern Flicker House
The Northern Flicker is a woodpecker that utilizes a bird house quite readily. If there is a problem with a flicker pecking a hole in a building, fill the this house with wood chips and position it over the unwanted excavation to provide a more suitable nesting location.
RANGE: Resides throughout the U.S. and Canada.
HABITAT: Prefers open country with trees, parks and large gardens; especially in or at the edge of open woods..

(17-3/4"h x 9-1/4"w x 11"d)

Coveside Slate Squirrel Guard
This guard is used with the following nesting houses: Window Nest Box, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Titmouse, House Wren, all Bluebird Houses, Saw-Whet Owl and Kestrel.  This guard will protect the box from chewing squirrels.

Coveside Three Woodpecker House
Only a few varieties of woodpeckers will live in a man-made box, but the Hairy, Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers regularly do so. This house comes with wood chips and a slate predator guard to keep squirrels from enlarging the entrance hole.
RANGE: Resides throughout the U.S. and Canada, and north to Alaska. Some northern birds move south for the winter.
HABITAT: Lives in or at the edge of open woods, prefering deciduous forests.

(17-1/2"h x 7-1/2"w x 9-3/4"d)

Coveside Wood Chips Nesting Material
Nesting Material. Gallon size.

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