Our last post that featured Joy Baker's photo of the undercarriage (unofficial avian nomenclature) of a Northern flicker reminded me of last year's Audubon (January February 2013) cover photo.
It was the grand prize winner in their 2012 photo contest, taken by Carol Cahil at Montaña de Ore State Park located in Los Osos, California. It shows a Northern flicker emerging from his nest hole.
And because it was in the west, it's a "red-shafted" flicker not the "yellow-shafted" variety we have here in the east.
Love, love, love those salmon-colored feathers!