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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are industrious and fun to watch when feeding in plain view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

This one was in the drinking phase of his routine, from holes previously made in the bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Holding still on a short break I got a nice profile view showing off that sturdy beak and beautiful color pattern.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

They tend to circle the tree, moving up and down, enough to make the photographer dizzy guessing where they will reappear.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Pair

I didn’t have a great view when I first spotted this pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I was pretty sure the one on the right zipped into that hole while I maneuvered around the tree between us.

Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree
Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree

I watched for him to come out before turning my attention to the other one as he was pecking on the tree. Then I could hear the second one calling.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

The question then was to keep watching the first subject or risk missing some action there and look for the second. I succumbed to looking and he eventually popped up behind this branch. Or was there the whole time and I just didn’t notice.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

He quickly flew off. Meanwhile the first one had moved a little higher, paused a moment, then also flew off.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

Pileated Woodpecker

I heard a number of woodpeckers as I wandered along the boardwalk though the Bald Cypress forest at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

The only one I spotted for more than a second was this Pileated Woodpecker who was in view for less then a minute.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I do love that flash of red.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
January 2, 2020

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers feed at sapwells, shallow holes they have drilled in tree’s bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Like other woodpeckers, Sapsuckers are industrious, and usually their work is in tidy rows.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Check out his sharp beak and the spread of his foot!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

As the sapsucker worked around the tree additional sapwells came into view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Click on any photo for a larger view. 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker All In

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are named for their behavior of drilling small  holes in trees then drinking the sap that runs into the wells. They get most of their food that way but also feed on insects they find under tree bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I’ve seen them peck at bark, mostly on the rough-barked trees and was surprised to see this one bobbing into a tree cavity. He was just about disappearing from my view as he reached in.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I didn’t see what, if anything, the Sapsucker was finding, but he kept at it for longer than I watched.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Camoflage

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers visually blend into the surface of the rough-barked trees. These two images were taken in different places over a month apart.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I heard the tat-tat-tat of pecking at the bark first, then watched for the flash of red to help me spot them. Sapsuckers tend to spiral around the tree looking for food, sometimes at a pretty fast pace leaving the photographer to guess where they will pop back around.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Still Trying

The Red-bellied Woodpecker didn’t give up with his Magnolia Seed Berry.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

There must be a spot in this thick barked tree to lodge this berry!

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Even when he found a spot he wasn’t satisfied, and this time he may have lost it for good.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

The ground was covered with these Magnolia berries so he could easily try with another.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

This is the third and final post in this series.

See the first post here: Red-bellied Woodpecker With Magnolia Seed Berry

See the second post here: Red-bellied Woodpecker Keeps Trying

Red-bellied Woodpecker Keeps Trying

The Red-bellied Woodpecker from Wednesday’s Magnolia Seed Berry post kept looking for a place to lodge his find in a dead tree branch above me.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

He picked a pretty lichen covered perch but could not find a useful spot to put that berry.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

A couple of times I thought he had lost it in a hollow place in the branch, but he eventually got it back.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

After a few more unsuccessful tries he scanned for another spot.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker With Magnolia Seed Berry

What a find, now what do I do?

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Looking almost like a cranberry, the berries that contain the Magnolia Tree seeds are pretty hard and this Red-bellied Woodpecker was trying to figure out how to get it open.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Several ideas he had for lodging it in the bark of this tree so he could peck at it did not pan out.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker