A Balancing Tail (Tale)


A Northern Flicker seeks a nesting hole.


She goes inside to discover what work needs to be done, then peeks out to check for predators.


Satisfied that all is safe, she turns around to get back to work. Using her considerable tail to balance her act, she pecks out wood chips to make more space inside the stump. She actually spits the chips to the ground beak full by beak full.

It’s a whale of a tail (tale)!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg