Our Common Flicker
The "Common" Flicker is a large (11 inches) beautiful woodpecker, often seen on the ground searching for ants and other insects. This particular fellow is the "Yellow-shafted", referring to the yellow underside of its wings and tail. They are found throughout North America, along with a smaller Red-shafted, in the West and Great Plains. Besides fruits and berries, beatles, termites and other insects, the Flicker has a thing for ants and is said to eat more of them than any other bird. It's also been known to come to feeders and is big enough to occasionally catch young bats.
These handsome birds are a welcome addition to any neighborhood and a sign of pretty good habitat. You may be able to distinguish their courtship call, "woikawoikawoika," with much head bobbing.