Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sapsucker sap-sucking.

Previously tapped holes. And even more previously tapped ones seen further to right on this old yew.

And this yellow belly we hear tell of? Subtle, and not shown to advantage in this under-tree light. The bird was named with corpse in hand, as used to typically be the case. Sharp-shinned Hawk, anyone? Note that any invertebrates attracted to the sap flowing in these sap mines may also get slurped up by the YBSS.

3 Responses to “Yellow-bellied Sapsucker”


  1. 1 Chuck McAlexander April 6, 2020 at 7:09 am

    I have seen warblers picking bugs out of sap traps provided by sapsuckers. No doubt, a kestrel or a sharpie might find a meal there, too. Food is always a multi-layered situation.

  2. 2 Monica M April 7, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Tonight watch for the Pink Full Moon! Rising at 7:18 p.m., 10:30 p.m. fullest. Nothing like a good full moon to remind us to love our home.


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