Flickers are year round residents in most areas of the US, but the northern birds do migrate, spending their winters in the south. This means that our southern population is greatly increased in the winter, so the best and easiest time to see them in our area is the winter months. They are plentiful now and the pictures below were taken in The Field yesterday.
Unlike most of our woodpeckers, those birds feed mostly on the ground on an insect diet consisting mostly of ants and beetles, although they also consume fruit, berries, etc. They prefer open woods areas which allow for tree access and available ground feeding sites. For a complete review of their life cycle, breeding habits, and general behavior, visit the Cornell Bird Identification Page. Enjoy the pics below.