[CT Birds] Reading 10
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Thu Sep 22 07:18:00 EDT 2011
Flicker, Golden-winged Woodpecker
This is one of our largest as well as noisiest Woodpeckers. When he
begins to shout his monotonous information about the the rain, * all
other birds may as well remain silent, for his clamor makes the
*Most writers render his song thus: “Wet, wet, wet, wet, wet, wet” etc.
•make the welkin ring make a very loud sound : the crew made the
welkin ring with its hurrahs.
ORIGIN Old English wolcen [cloud, sky] ; related to Dutch wolk and
The Cuckoo knows the value of silence, the Flicker does not.
The Flicker is a noisy aggressive bird, who publishes his whereabouts
immediately upon his arrival wht a clamor equal to that of the
hysterical hen announcing the new-laid egg! The Cuckoo on the
contrary, is a retiring, quiet character who falteringly and smoothly
announces his return to the “old stand” with due apology to those who
may possibly dissapprove. The flicksr souds as if he were whistling
for the dogs to drive him off, the Cuckoo sounds as if he were
expostulating against such rude treatment. The Flicker’s voice
resembles a monotonous fortissimo performance on the oboe, the
Cuckoo’s pianissimo responds from the ocarina*
*A terra-cotta instrument with a hollow rater sweet tone,, not unlike
ha of an organ pipe.
He is a bird of character otherwise he would never have accumulated
so many labels. Mr Chapman says that are thirty-six, but a few of the
most familiar ones will show the tendency of man to poke fun at him—
Wake-up, Yarrup, plut, High-hole, Woodwall, Yellow-hammer, Yucker,
Flicker, Hittock, Clape Harry Wicket, etc. . . . . . .
. . . . . . and a joker in the fullest sense when one catches sight
of him bowing and scraping to the other sex in a series of bobs p and
down with tail and wings stiffly outspread uttering the while a
significant, you-see, you-see! Audubon testifies to the cheerful
disposition of the bird, especially when in captivity, as follows:
“The Golden-winged Woodpecker never suffers Its naturally lively
spirits to droop. It feeds well, and by the way of amusement will
continue to destroy a much furniture in a day as can well be mended
by a different kind of workman in a week.”
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