This is a northern flicker. I suppose there are people out here in the "country" that have seen this bird a million times. I, on the other hand, have never seen one.
Gene and I were sitting on the couch debating the role of Mary Magdalene in the life of Jesus Christ (no really), and something on the deck caught my eye. I stealth got up and found my camera and lens (because I leave them all over the place) and snuck a couple photos. Forgive me, as they were taken through glass - after a rain - so they aren't that great of quality of images.
And to top all that, I missed getting a pic of fox running through the field across the road today, because really, who takes their camera to the mailbox with them? (in the rain).
Did I mention it rained?
I'm sick of rain!