Do You Have Holes Like These In Your Yard?

My yard is full of these small, shallow holes.

My yard is full of these small, shallow holes.

Here are some more.

Here are some more.

Do you know which animal makes them?  It’s this fellow:

This is a flicker - a type of woodpecker.

This is a flicker – a type of woodpecker.

Ok, so it’s not the best photo, but birds are tough to photograph!  Flickers are common across the country.  They are insect eaters that make shallow holes in your yard when they’re searching for ants or other bugs.  Flickers have been very active in my yard lately – our temperatures have been warm enough during the days for them to find a few overwintering bugs.  Flickers can be a nuisance in the spring when they drum on the wooden rafters or siding of your house as part of their spring mating rituals.

I thought I’d start posting about survival adaptations.  Woodpeckers are a good place to start as they have a few very special adaptations for climbing up and down tree trunks.  I’ll post more about these adaptations later this week.

See if you can find any flickers holes in your yard.

See if you can find any flicker holes in your yard.

 

 

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