This morning is bright and frozen, the pond is iced again. I have been sitting here thinking we need a new bird to visit the feeders, Brown-headed or Red-breasted nuthatchs were in mind for what is next. Then later I notice a Northern Flicker siting on a knob of the big oak tree just over the suet feeders! Flickers are common in our parts but they rarely show up here at paradise. I can not recall the last feeder visit by one, sure I see them in the forest a few times in the fall and winter here each year.
The bad news is I must have scared it off with the camera from inside the house. It was curious enough I think it'll be back, maybe with friends.