Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers were hot in San Francisco back in the day, back when they were getting attention from former City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the SFWeekly.
Here’s a female spotted back in aught-nine at the “Blair Witchy” Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she was the life partner of the male Craig used to see in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could have been.
Work it, GF!
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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.