The Flickers Are Back

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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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."