In New York state the flicker is very widespread. A cavity nester, fond of dead trees, it is most often found in woodlands and woodland edges (Levine, 1998, pp.356-357). The flicker is also widespread in Ontario, breeding across the whole province, and especially in an east-west belt of the boreal forest from the Abitibi belt, across the top of Lake Superior, past Lake Nipigon to the Manitoba border (Cadman et al., 1987, 2007).
At Presqu'ile provincial park, roughly
40 km to the south, the
flicker is a common migrant and summer resident.
Spring migration typically occurs from late March to mid-May,
with fall migration from mid-August to late October.
Small numbers of individuals have been found overwintering
at the park
(LaForest, 1993, pp.230-231).
In Peterborough county, to the northwest, the bird
is a common summer resident, and a rare winter species,
with most arrivals in late March to early April
and departure as late as 15 October
(Sadler, 1983, pp.104-105).
Cadman,MD, Eagles,PFJ and Helleiner,FM (1987) Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario. Federation of Ontario Naturalists and Long Point Bird Observatory, published by University of Waterloo Press, 617pp.
Cadman,MD, Sutherland,DA, Beck,GG, Lepage,D and Couturier,AR (editors) (2007) Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005. Bird Studies Canada,Environment Canada,Ontario Field Ornithologists, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Ontario Nature, 706pp.
LaForest,SM (1993) Birds of Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Friends of Presqu'ile Park / Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 436pp.
Levine,E (editor) (1998) Bull's Birds of New York State. Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, revised version, 622pp., pp.171-172.
Sadler,D (1983) Our Heritage of Birds: Peterborough County in the Kawarthas. Peterborough Field Naturalists / Orchid Press, Peterborough, ON, 192pp.