Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Sound of My Name: Flicker
I once read in a bird book that the bird known as the flicker got its name because the multi-colored spots present a "flickering" effect in sunlight. The author of that article probably never heard a Northern Flicker in the wild. The bird gets its name from the call, a loud "flicka flicka flicka." Some authorities describe the sound somewhat differently as, "woika woika woika." Hmmm... maybe we could change the name to Woika-Woika Bird. What do you think?