Northern Flicker in its nestMale Northern Flicker in its nesting cavity

I was photographing some Pine Siskins along a road in Madison County, Montana when this male Red-shafted Northern Flicker stuck his head out of his nesting cavity in an Aspen and surprised me.

I haven’t had much luck photographing this species primarily because I don’t bait or call birds into view so I was tickled to get a series of this bird as he poked his head out of the nest and a few more when he returned to the nest a while later.

This Aspen was also being used by Tree Swallows in another cavity below this one.