San Francisco’s Favorite Woodpecker – The Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers are hot in San Francisco these days, what with all the attention they’re getting from City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark and SFWeekly.  

Here’s a female spotted two days back at the “Blair Witchy” Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she’s the life partner of the male Craig recently saw in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could be.

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Also known as a “clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, or gawker bird.”

Love your polka dots, little Flicker.

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3 Responses to “San Francisco’s Favorite Woodpecker – The Northern Flicker”

  1. meligrosa says:

    these birds are awesome!
    I was recently in one of the lakes up in the west end of GG and fell in love with one of those black ones with very bright-red big spots on their wings. I dont know much about birds at all, just love their little company. I think I’m starting to learn quite a bit throughout these bird posts.

    Beautiful, keep the great shots coming /xo.meli

  2. sfcitizen says:

    thx, you don’t see these kinds of birds around a whole lot in SF

  3. foma says:

    Saw one of these 4.14.09 in the Fort Mason community garden. Hanging out in the same tree as an Oriole!