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Touch of Heaven Spas

Touch of Heaven Spas Inc. 2160 Idaho Street, Elko East End Mall 775.753.4553 | www.touchofheavenspas.com Hot Tubs Swim Spas Saunas Gazebos Thank you! To our community partners and members that help us thrive! Especially: BONANZA Khoury's MarKet Ruby Mountain Resource Center Celebrating over 40 Years of Excellence Financing Available As low as 4.9% O.A.C. 806 River St. Elko | 775.738.8360 Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:00pm www.facebook.com/RubyMtnResource/ February 24 & 25 Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm FREE Admission! FREE Youth Activity Room The 2018 Elko Sportsman’s Expo is hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. EVENT SPONSORS: Interested Vendors: 775-738-1240 or 775-777-2391 Elko Conference Center

Northern FLICKER Contributed by Lois Ports for Bristlecone Audubon THIS YEAR’S ELKO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT TALLIED OUR HIGHEST NUMBER EVER OF 81 NORTHERN FLICKERS. The average number is usually around 30. What brings so many of these large woodpeckers into the area? The Northern Flicker is one of the few North American woodpeckers that is strongly migratory. Flickers in the northern parts of their range move south for the winter, although a few individuals often stay rather far north. Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants and beetles are its main food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue which extends up to two inches to lap up the insects. During the winter when most insects are absent they also eat fruits and seeds. There is still plenty of fruit left hanging on trees in our area. It is the abundance of available food that draws these birds into many neighborhoods. Flickers are a fairly large woodpeckers (11-14 inches in length, wingspan of 17-21 inches) with a slim, rounded head, slightly down-curved bill, and a long, flared tail that tapers to a point. They are mainly a brownish color but in flight you can see that the undersides of the wings and tail are red and they have a distinctive white rump. When seen closer you’ll observe the brown plumage is patterned with black spots, bars, and crescents. Two very different-looking forms -- Yellow-shafted Flicker in the east and north, and Red-shafted Flicker in the west -- were once considered separate species. They interbreed wherever their ranges come in contact. On the western Great Plains, there is a broad zone where all the flickers are intergrades between Red-shafted and Yellow-shafted. www.EverythingElko.com \ February 2018 33

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