CLOSED: Red Shafted Flicker?

Aurora, CO(Zone 4a)

I've been photographing these birds for several years, and have been calling them Red Shafted Flickers. But when I saw these guys this morning, they appeared much smaller than the ones I've been seeing and the colors appear more flamboyant. Am I hallucinating?

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Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

Yes, red-shafted flickers.
Color varies regionally, the ones in the mountains here are always very red - their molted feathers stand out like a beacon an the ground. Perhaps in your case it is either the season, or more likely the lighting - They were showing off their tails while back-lit.

Aurora, CO(Zone 4a)

They were facing East, and it was just as the sun was rising. Lit them up quite nicely. I'll have to remember this little factoid. Thanks so much.

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