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I've never had this bird in my yard.  He's like a large pigeon size.  He ate on the ground a long time and when he finally flew away, i mostly saw white on his back that I didn't see with him just walking around.  I would love to know what he is.

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Welcome!

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker

Ya know the 'Yellowhammer' they're always talking about in the next state over?   That's a nickname for the Northern Flicker.  The birds in the east have yellow-shafted feathers under their wings, visible when the bird is flying, and they 'hammer' at the ground because they eat ants and other ground-dwelling bugs.  (Birds in the west have red-shafted feathers.)

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