Date: 12/26/17 10:01 am
From: <pgoltz...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] Why are Gilded Flickers decreasing?
I am located on the east side of the Tucson Mountains and share a border
with Saguaro National Park West. I have no feeders. I have had at least
one Gilded Flicker most of the year. I have seen both a male and a
female. I have recorded three Gilded Flickers calling to each other in
one recording. Calls are close enough together and repeated in three
different locations so I know there were at least three out there. I got
a photo of one just a few days ago. I also see Northern Flickers, but
not nearly as often. Both tend to sit atop the saguaros. In other news,
I had a Harris's Hawk for months the latter part of the year. I never
saw him, but recorded his call a number of times. I saw up to three on a
nearby street just east of the mountains, several times.

Good Birding,
Pat Goltz

On 2017-12-26 10:29, Brian Jones wrote:
> There are both Gilded and Northern Flickers in my area near the El Rio
> Open Space/Coachline Gravel Pit in Marana, but Gilded Flickers are
> more common at my house (specifically on my peanut feeder (not peanut
> suet)). I think I recall seeing one drinking from my hummingbird
> feeder once, but usually it's GIla Woodpeckers and an occasional
> Gilded Flicker doing that. Tying into the rocky area comments of
> others, my house is right at the break between a very rocky portion of
> the Tucson Mountains to the west and the unrocky Santa Cruz floodplain
> to the east and interestingly, I see Northern Flickers more to the
> east in the floodplain areas, and Gilded Flickers more to the west in
> the rocky mountainous areas.
> The peanut feeder I have that attracts the Gilded Flickers is a metal
> mesh tube without perches that we put shelled peanuts in. We sometimes
> put out peanuts in the shell in a dome feeder, and flickers will
> occasionally pull from there too, but I'm not sure if I've ever seen a
> Gilded pull a peanut out of the dome feeder.
> For the birds!
> Brian Jones
> Tucson, AZ
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> again.
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 9:08 AM, Larry Morgan <lmorgan11637...>
> wrote:
>> Tim, just to confuse the discussion a little, I am in the middle of
>> Mesa and GILDED FLICKERS are visiting my back yard daily. Richard is
>> right, they seem only interested in the peanut suet. I believe there
>> is something in the equation that we just don't know about them.
>> Larry Morgan
>> On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 8:17 AM, Richard Carlson
>> <rccarl...> wrote:
>> Peanut suet. That's all they eat
>> Richard Carlson
>> Tucson & Lake Tahoe
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 26, 2017, at 6:46 AM, Patricia Braddy <pabraddy...>
>> wrote:
>> The first year we moved here on the east side of Tucson we had one
>> Gilded Flicker come to our feeder a couple of times. That was in
>> 2013. We have not seen nor heard one since then.
>> The plots in this neighborhood are 4+ acres with tons of Saguaros
>> and Gila Woodpeckers but no Gilded Flickers. We have an extensive
>> feeding station and are just curious why we aren’t seeing/hearing
>> Gilded Flickers. Northern Flickers seem to be very low here at
>> 3,000’ but if we go up Mt. Lemmon they seem to be plentiful in the
>> fall and winter months beginning around 6,000 - 7,000’.
>> Our feeding stations consist of peanuts, oranges, grape jelly,
>> thistle, premium blend seeds and mealworms. What am I missing?
>> Patricia Braddy
>> Saguaro Hills Estate
>> East Tucson
>> On Dec 25, 2017, at 2:54 PM, Tim Helentjaris <tnhelentjaris...>
>> wrote:
>> Or perhaps a better way to phrase the question that interests me is
>> why are they not found in all of the habitat that appears perfect
>> for them in every regard we understand? Got interested in this
>> during the Tucson CBC where I was assigned to the Sweetwater
>> Preserve, an area of upland Sonoran desert habitat just west of the
>> wetlands. This is rich habitat, indistinguishable from that of much
>> of the surrounding area including Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro
>> National Park West. I had anticipated being able to contribute
>> Gilded Flickers from here but was surprised after one late morning
>> foray of just over a mile, none. And then after another foray into
>> a different section of the preserve after lunch, skunked again!
>> Huh, I haven’t birded here in the summer, but this would appear to
>> be perfect habitat for this bird, so why isn’t it here? And
>> it’s not like these birds are hard to detect if they’re around,
>> they’re not like Five-striped Sparrows in that regard, far from
>> it. They’re both visually and aurally obvious.
>> Talked to some other folks about this, Larry Norris remarked that
>> GiFl’s are now much less common on the east side of the Tucson
>> Mountains. On the west side, especially in the park, I detected
>> probable breeding pairs at every stop on an IBA survey a few years
>> ago along the Golden Gate unpaved roadway. But to my eye, this area
>> doesn’t appear any different, in terms of topography and
>> vegetation? Tory Corman commented, echoing his BBA chapter, that
>> this bird is “shyer” than the Gila Woodpecker and creeping
>> urbanization poses a threat to them. Along those lines, during my
>> surveys in SagNPW, I did not find them close to the busy, paved
>> roads in the park but usually had to walk in a ways before detecting
>> them. While they do show up in some neighborhoods, I think this is
>> much less common than out in undisturbed desert areas.

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