Charles Kennedy was the ideal host and guide. I stayed the night at the Hunt Club he manages. We spent hours playing flicker sounds and hunting the bird but no luck even in the best habitat you can imagine. He did show me Swainson's warbler and chuck-will's-widow and I got nice photos of a yellow-billed cuckoo. All together I tried 4 different locations on 6 occasions with no luck. I knew this one was going to be hard. Audubon noted that the RHWO and the NOFL competed for resources in appropriate habitat. This seemed to be true on the hunt club where RHWO were abundant but the NOFL had disappeared in the last two weeks. I think it must have been migrating through to some breeding ground not already claimed by the other woodpecker.
Update: I found the yellowhammer on 2018-01-26, at Wheeler NWR.
Update: Hey, wait a minute. The image on this convenience store is not the state bird of Alabama, it's the yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella, a resident of Europe, not North America. "Yellowhammer" is the nickname that Alabamans gave to the yellow-shafted northern flicker. Tom Cromer wonders why anything in Alabama is named the "northern" anything. The culture there still fights the War of Southern Intransigence."