Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) - 19Mar2017

Per the Cornell website: "On a walk through the forest you might spot rows of shallow holes in tree bark. In the East, this is the work of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, an enterprising woodpecker that laps up the leaking sap and any trapped insects with its specialized, brush-tipped tongue. Attired sharply in barred black-and-white, with a red cap and (in males) throat, they sit still on tree trunks for long intervals while feeding. To find one, listen for their loud mewing calls or stuttered drumming."

This one was up in the Raleigh area at a friends feeder.




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