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Flossie Flicker


“Sit still, Flossie.  I see Anneli out there with her camera again. Don’t move.”

“Oh, whew! She’s just taking pictures of her poppies. That IS a nice one though, isn’t it?”

“I hear ya, I hear ya. You don’t care about the flowers…. You’ll just have to be patient and I’ll find a bug for you.”

“Oh, this motherhood is not all it’s cracked up to be.”

“But then they grow up and they make you proud. Must keep that in mind.”


Flossie Flicker flies around,

Making that familiar sound,

FLICK-a, FLICK-a, FLICK, she cries,

Mother’s tired and she sighs.


“Feeding Flossie all day long,

I’m exhausted, not so strong, 

But the child is growing fast

She’ll be beautiful at last.


“All my work will be worthwhile,

And I know her dad will smile,

Saying she’s a gorgeous girl,

Best darn flicker in the world.”



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50 thoughts on “Flossie Flicker

  1. Very pretty birds, I love your story too. ❤️

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  2. I love your poppy photos. They are different from all of mine. I believe yours are the Icelandic poppy? The flickers posed nicely for the photo shoot too!

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    • I don’t know, Sonja. I thought Icelandic poppies were always white or yellow, but I just looked online and saw that they come in other colours. They’re delicate and kind of single-petaled like the Icelandic ones. Who knows? Maybe they are. And yes, the flickers behaved very well for the camera.


  3. The flickers are so adorable. Thanks for sharing your lovely shots.

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  4. I’ve never seen this kind of bird. They remind me a little of woodpeckers. Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots!

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  5. Wise words from this bird, Anneli. They do make us proud, don’t they?

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  6. What a beautiful story and gorgeous photos 😉

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  7. And yet another lovely bird talk with very good pictures, thanks Anneli for all those very lovely posts!

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  8. You take such gorgeous photos, Anneli. The birds and exquisite and the poppy is stunning. As usual, the poem is a delight. It looks like summer has arrived. 🙂

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  9. I love this! Flossie is a beauty, and so is your poem.

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  10. That is a gorgeous poppy, Anneli. Your poem and your photos (and dialogue) are so amusing! ❤
    Hope you're having a beautiful weekend.

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  11. Nice series, Anneli! You’re lucky to be seeing some mother birds and their young this year.

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  12. Hi Anneli. Lovely, lovely photos.

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  13. Thanks for sharing..love these words.

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  14. That’s so great that you have them nearby. I love orchids.


  15. Thank you, Regine. Have a great day yourself.


  16. Flickers are beautiful birds. This year, we’ve been treated with a dozen or so yellow finches in the hayfield between the house and barn and they are a delight to see.

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  17. Love the silky texture of the poppies, and the birds are great, too, Anneli. Your photos are so special. I’ve always thought that name Flossie was cute–Flossie and Freddie from the Bobbsey Twins–but I’ve never heard it since until now!

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    • We knew a Flossie years ago. I think it’s short for Florence – not sure. I love it when an unusual poppy “pops” up. These do look quite delicate and I love that they are different from the red ones. And the Bobbsey Twins!!! My god that takes me back! I used to have some of their books published by Whitman, way way back when I was a kid.


  18. Flickers are stunning birds, and your photos did a great job of highlighting their unusual patterns and gorgeous colors. Fun post, Anneli, and stunning photos.

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