Previously seen around these here parts during the wetter winters of 2005 and 2006, last year’s dry conditions led the northern flickers to go noticeably absent perhaps in search of damper digs.

This morning one signaled their return with its shrill call from somewhere up in the neighbors camphor tree that overhangs into our front yard. It took some patience and luck and a 300mm lens but I finally found it feasting on camphor berries and was thrillled to snap it as it lighted in a shaft of morning sunlight on a larger branch momentarily before saying see ya when a big red-tailed hawk swooped by!

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