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MALE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

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Although quite common, I’ve only seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker once, a few years ago. They are fairly small and beautifully patterned woodpeckers. We heard the bird hammering away at a tree and followed the sound. It was busy feeding and wasn’t at all bothered by our presence.

29 thoughts on “MALE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

  1. Great capture, Belinda, really showing off his beautiful red patches!

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  2. The past two years a pair have nested nearby and once their babies fledge, they follow their parents around, calling continuously! Makes them very easy to spot and observe. 😉

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  3. I love the name. Sounds like a put down. You yellow bellied… Nice photo

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  4. Very nice Belinda! Always fun to see woodpeckers!

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  5. Those little woodpeckers are so cute. How did you know it was a yellow-bellied sapsucker? What was the unique, deciding identification?

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  6. What a great sighting, Belinda! I’ve never seen one! Your image is lovely.

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  7. These birds are a constant presence near my home. I see them daily all through the summer. Without he yellow bellied sap suckers creating feeding stations, we would not have hummingbirds because there aren’t enough nectar flowers to keep hummingbirds going where we are.

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  8. What a striking bird, I’m not surprised you’ve only seen one, it’s very well camouflaged!

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  9. I’ve really missed seeing woodpeckers this year; they’ve been part of my normal life for the past 40 years. Hopefully next year things will be closer to normal again. Thanks for sharing one of yours.

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  10. Sapsucker is an unusual name for a woodpecker. Does it burrow into ‘green’ wood to suck sap from it?

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