This is not my photo, unfortuately…I tried getting a good one, but my iPhone wasn’t doing this bird justice.

A new face showed up here this morning amongst the usual starlings and robins that feast on our lawn everyday  – this guy is a Northern Flicker and is a large woodpecker.  I noticed him this morning furiously pecking and digging in the ground and has been back and forth, hanging out in the back and side yards pretty much all day. I had not seen this bird before when I lived up here 8 years ago (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention then).

As far as totems go, the “flicker demonstrates a new rhythm and cycle of growth. She shows the importance of healing love and the power of forgiveness. Insights and intuitions are activated and perceptions are changing. She teaches us how to connect with the earth and how to ground ourselves in nature with a vibrate vitality. Flicker aids in our ability to find deeper meanings and hidden qualities of patterns and coincidences. She teaches balance and harmony in the spiritual and mental realms.

Flicker shows tenacity, patience and straightforward actions to accomplish endeavors at this time. Listen carefully to Flicker medicine for she will guide in perfect timing.” (, “Animal Totems: Dictionary of Birds“)





As far as I’m concerned, this bird is right on time as per my previous post on Transitioning.