Flickers are woodpeckers that wannabe robins

Although they have the classic woodpecker beaks and stiff tails, they run around lawns and hunt grubs and worms. To me they always look awkward on the ground and can’t run as well as a robin

Robin-the-Flicker
Robin-the-Flicker

In the next picture you can see its stiff woodpecker tail and claws that can still hang vertically on trees.

Flicker 2
Flicker 2

Here, by comparison, is a more conventional woodpecker, although not one I have seen around here ever before.  It is a red-bellied woodpecker which is an odd name for a woodpecker that does not have a red belly.  We are at the extreme northern edge of its range but after this year’s extremely prolonged cold, it might be regretting moving up here.

Red-bellied woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker