This tail feather from a Northern Flicker was lying on the beach
just above the water line at Frenchmans Bay in Pickering. It was in
good condition, which is surprising given the recent weather of
wind, freezing rain, ice and snow. Northern flickers are not
common in winter here. How long has it been there and what happened?
Its good condition suggest it was recent, and one can only speculate
about what happened. Maybe it was chased along the beach by a bird
of prey, which either caught it or grabbed at it and it lost one or
some feathers. 22 February 2019.