OK, OK, I have this under my labels for Yellow-Shafted Flickers, even though the bird book is calling them Northern Flickers. I have been accustomed to calling them Yellow-Shafted Flickers my entire adult life, so if anyone questions my reasoning, there you have it. You see the Yellow-shafted Flickers are actually part of the Eastern subspecies...thus correct on all counts.
Most often, I get to see these handsome ones from a good bit of distance. I got my camera back after three LONG weeks without it and had gone to the garden window to test it out. I had seen this Yellow-Shafted Flicker just a little while before digging up holes in the earth for any nice grubs it could find. While standing by the window, it flew into view and I kept the curtain pulled together, so that it would not be frightened away. I was quite patient and as a result got some pretty fine close up images using the 70/300 lens pulled back to just 70 and was pretty pleased with the results. It is always such a pleasure to be able to see these birds close up and even with having to take the images through glass, I shall not complain yet be thankful they turned out as well as they did~