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 - 070617-9419Northern Flicker - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma
Northern Flicker Facts
- 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 3.9 inches 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)