Yellow-shafted Flicker

While tracking near the Bruce Trail, Alexis showed us this interesting find – a sandy, gravel lookout nestled into the crest of a  hill.

Deer Lookout (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, September 2014)

Flicker Lookout (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, September 2014)

On closer inspection, we found a Yellow-Shafted Flicker feather in the gravel dust.  We also found a long porcupine hair, turkey tracks in the sand and deer beds.  What a great spot for the animals to watch the sunset!

Flicker Feather (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, September 2014)

Flicker Feather (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, September 2014)

These feathers were found in a pile adjacent to a well used deer run in the Kinghurst Forest Reserve, Grey County:

Flicker feathers

Alexis observed the feathers and thought that the most probable predator was a fox because the feathers were matted at the base where they were plucked out.  The matted area looked similar to the width of a fox mouth.

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