Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Fraidy-Dinos


Ibis3 sent me a photo that will hopefully make you work for it. Ya’ll have had it easy lately. I feel like I’m not giving you proper challenges. Perhaps a semi-sasquatch photo where the bird’s all blurry will help make things challenging. Besides, it’s a rather nice bird.

UFD I

UFD I

Here’s it’s story:

The picture was taken on October 3rd, about a kilometre and a half from the north shore of Lake Ontario, approximately 80 km east of Toronto. There were about four or five of them in my back yard but as soon as I got my camera and went outside to take a snap, they decided it was too scary and departed forthwith. If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to answer.

So we have one slightly braver bird in a cluster of ‘fraidy-birds, who held still enough for a snap but not still enough for a glamor shot. I have every faith in you, my darlings. Go forth and identify!

Comments

  1. Trebuchet says

    Flicker, I think, probably of the yellow-shafted variety since it’s east of the Mississippi.

  2. abear says

    Ditto, and by virtue of the black mustache is a male. Western birds, (red shafted) males have red mustache.

    • azportsider says

      Gilded Flickers (Dana will know about these from her Arizona days) have red malars too, abear; so, yes, a male of the Yellow-shafted persuasion.

  3. rq says

    Late again, but I concur – flicker of the yellow-shaft variety.
    You can’t fool us with these blurry photos, Dana. We’re better than that.