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yellow shafted flicker in california?

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Novato, CA

This morning we saw a northern flicker in the birdbath with clear bright yellow underwings. It was especially noticeable when it flew away. 

We usually see red-shafted flickers out west, and I thought that yellow-shafted variety were only out east. Is this an uncommon sighting? 

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On 10/11/2019 at 1:56 PM, akandula said:

Yes, this would be an uncommon sighting, but would not be impossible - there are quite a few sighting on eBird of the Yellow-shafted race:

eBird "Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker

However, if you don't have any pictures/description of the head coloring, there is no safe way of ruling out an intergrade.

Yes, one needs to check wing and tail color, head color, nape color, and malar color to confirm.

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