We have been seeing Northern Flickers around lately, along with one Blue Jay who is their buddy. They are big birds, and pretty spectacular. Yesterday a couple of them staked out the back yard to grub for grubs, worms, insects --whatever they find there. That's why they have those fabulous curved beaks.
Unlike most woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers the bounty of the ground to that of the tree trunk.
They winter in Nova Scotia, and once last winter I saw one of them along the main road, in the island's forested interior. Some Northern Flickers visited for a few days last spring, then we didn't see them again until the past week or so.
Maybe they will decide to stay over on the island this winter.