Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
5 May 2014
I witnessed this female Northern Flicker busily excavating a nest cavity in a snag at a local wetland. It was truly prodigious in its efforts and at times wood chips were flying out of the hole. I have visited subsequently and the nest seems to be ready for occupancy. A pair of flickers were in the vicinity but I did not see either of them enter the hole. I will continue to check!
Not to be outdone, this Canada Goose Branta canadensis seemed equally interested in hole in a snag!