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 SEAZ
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 > -------- > I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I > can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it > now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way > 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.