Flickers tend to be shy and I usually don't see them on the ground. Sometimes they go to my bird baths but normally I only see them in the trees except when it snows and I put out food on my deck wall for them.
The American Robins were also foraging in the grass a few feet away from the flicker.
We've had a lot of beautiful clouds in the sky.
The camellia bushes in front of my house are setting their buds early which may mean they won't do well since they shouldn't bloom until early spring. Normally the buds start forming later in the fall.
The brown color on the leaves around the lake are from flooding. If they were washed off it would be green underneath the brown dirt.
The cormorants have returned to the lake which they do in late summer to early fall.
I was surprised how few geese and ducks were at the lake.
The next shot is another to show the dirt covering left from flooding.
On the higher parts of the walkway there is just low mud on either side.
Where the path is low there was so much mud and debris that the city had to use equipment to pile it up on the sides.
Some places ended up with dirt hills. The creeks that flow out of the lake must have had major flooding.
Years ago a friend and I walked around the lake after flooding and when we got to the low places the water on the path was above our knees.