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Pinyon Jays vs. Flicker

January 3, 2011

What happens when a mob of Pinyon Jays attempts to displace a Northern Flicker from a bird feeder? Apparently flickers do not like to give-in. FeederWatcher Dan Hunt of Pocatello, Idaho, recently snapped a series of photos documenting the drama at his feeders. Dan wrote, “the flicker attempted to hold off a flock of Pinyon Jays and succeeded for a few minutes. The feather in his beak (second photo) is the result of having wrestled one to the ground.”

Northern Flicker and Pinyon Jays in Pocatello, Idaho, by Dan Hunt.

Flicker with a beak full of Pinyon Jay feathers.

The successful Pinyon Jays line up to enjoy their seeds.

4 Comments
  1. January 3, 2011 10:29 am

    Nice shots. I’ve always thought that the many colors and patterns in a Flicker’s plumage have something to do with defense/camoflauge. They look like a bird designed by “commitee”! LOL

  2. January 3, 2011 11:54 am

    We don’t have Piñon Jays where I live (Whidbey Island, WA). We have Stellers Jays. But as far as I can tell, the Flickers rule the feeders in my yard.

  3. Lori Koehn permalink
    January 3, 2011 10:28 pm

    This weekend I witnessed a short but intense battle between a female Flicker and several European Starlings over a suet feeder. The Flicker eventually lost, but she got in a few good jabs. I snapped a photo of her threatening the intruders with a wide open beak…not something I’d want to mess with!
    (Monroe, WA)

  4. February 20, 2011 4:42 pm

    Great photo-storytelling! I’ve seen our Blue Jays and squirrels duke it out here in our Michigan yard. There’s a lot of drama happening out there, huh?

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