This afternoon, I was watching this Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) eat fruit from a shrub at Crane Creek Regional Park in Santa Rosa.
I was intrigued because I couldn't remember if I had seen flickers feeding on fruit before. They're primarily ant-eaters.
Can you tell what type of fruit this flicker was feeding on?
Warning: The next picture will give away the answer.
Okay, here we go. He was feeding on...
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)! Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. But if you react to Poison Oak like I do, then you wonder how anything can get that close to it, never mind eat it!