Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


What you can find if you just look up. Monday is garbage day and I generally am looking down when I take the garbage can to the curb as my neighbors with dogs ignore the pleas of the homeowners association to pick up after their pets. But yesterday I heard something unusual and so I looked up.

Up in the maple was a yellow-bellied sapsucker, one of our larger woodpeckers. Here's an interesting bit of trivia - ruby-throated hummingbirds also use the holes drilled by these woodpeckers while the weather is still cold and few flowers have bloomed to get to the sap and use it as food, too.

1 comment:

Anne said...

Oh - lucky you. We haven't seen a woodpecker for ages!!