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This is a discussion on help identify a bird within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I consulted a bird watching expert. Here it is. The red patch is on the back of the head, not the throat. I was looking ...

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    I consulted a bird watching expert. Here it is. The red patch is on the back of the head, not the throat. I was looking at it from quite far away and could only make out a little red. I thought is was in front but I was wrong.

    Introducing the Northern Flicker. A type of woodpecker that actually hunts bugs on the ground:

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    Northern Flicker, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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    Not to hijack the OP thread but...

    Has anyone ever seen a Whip-poor-will out in your area wild?

    In my 60 years I've heard them many, many times but, I don't believe I've ever seen one. Same with Bob cats.
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    I forgot how great the Cornell Lab site is, great find! Great reminder for me too!


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    For Ohio species, here's a web site that might help, too: A Collection of Bird Photos and Movies from SW Ohio.

    Glad you found your "flicker."
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    Its definitly a Red Peckered Wood Head!

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    Thats weird, if you look at the pics at the link atc posted for Cornell, the bottom pics show it has the patch of red on the throat. Strange.

    Cool bird, we have seen them here in Mi as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis1209 View Post
    Not to hijack the OP thread but...

    Has anyone ever seen a Whip-poor-will out in your area wild?

    In my 60 years I've heard them many, many times but, I don't believe I've ever seen one. Same with Bob cats.
    Never seen a whipoorwill. They are nocturnal, so sighting is a little tougher.

    I saw a bobcat two days before the season opened in 2010. He disapperaed after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    Thats weird, if you look at the pics at the link atc posted for Cornell, the bottom pics show it has the patch of red on the throat. Strange.

    Cool bird, we have seen them here in Mi as well.

    Ha! Good call. I was wondering how I could have gotten it so wrong. The red patch WAS on the throat! I feel better now.

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    A similar woodpecker in size and habitat is the Red Bellied, which oddly, has no red on its belly but does have a red neck/back of the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeejib View Post
    Tufted titmouse? They're all over the place around here in western NC. My wife didn't believe me. That's what they're called.
    Tufted tittymice are little bitty things. A-cup at most. His bird is way bigger. Our cardinals at the same feeder are way bigger.

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