Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Yup, the name of this bird evokes memories of watching old westerns and hearing someone hurl insults at someone else.  "You yellow-bellied sapsucker!" 
 A little hard to see among the limbs and branches of our hole-riddled locust tree.

I felt sorry for these little birds during our recent "freeze" week as there was no sap running, for sure, with temps in the teens and low 20s. 

22 comments:

Clint said...

I have been called a yellow bellied sapsucker many times. Nice shots. Stay warm!

Dianna said...

Back in the day - when being called a yellow-bellied sapsucker was the worst thing they said on tv --
He's pretty well camouflaged among the tree limbs, isn't he?

Dianna
www.thesedaysofmine.com

Allison said...

Is it really called a yellow-bellied sapsucker? Oooo, I love that! I've been away from slang for so long... I think I'll try that out on hubby tonight just for fun!

Deb said...

I remember that...LOL....hopefully the sap will start running this weekend...

Louise said...

Do they really suck sap? I didn't know that. OK, I remember that being a terrible insult, too. Sigh, now, it would be nothing.

Kerri said...

One of my favorite birds!!

Judy said...

I could see him when I enlarged the photo. He blends in pretty good.

Farmchick said...

He does have some good camo going on!

AJ said...

What a funny name for a bird...do they really suck sap? Great shots!

texwisgirl said...

Yes, they really do tap the sap that runs in certain types of trees. This poor locust tree is riddled with rows of holes they drill (they're part of the woodpecker family) so that they can access the sap inside. Today is another FREEZE day so I'm not sure what they're eating out there. :)

Farm Girl said...

I never knew there really was a bird called a yellow bellied sapsucker, I just thought it was a name I called my brothers. :)

LauraX said...

so that's what they look like!

Terry said...

Howdy Girl
Oh my gosh what happy memories
you brought to mind today :)
We use to call each other silly names like that when I was a very young cowgirl !
Many moons ago.
Love the tree photos and how wonderful is your sweet little tweetie
hanging out in the locust tree.
Thank you for sharing your fantastic images .
Keep warm and remember Spring is coming soon :)
Until next time
Happy Trails

bon bon said...

hope it warms up for him soon. we might warm up to double digits today. hoo boy!

just wondering...are they lily-livered as well? ;o)

Leovi said...

Enlarging the picture I got to see this beautiful bird. The third is where best seen with its long beak.

Sall's Country Life said...

So maybe when it freezes, they make sap smoothies?? Ya gotta wonder. Love your sunny and snow-less pictures. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Jennifer said...

Very Cool :)

Trisha said...

They can really blend in with the tree very well! Wonder what frozen sap tastes like?

José Maria Lobato said...

Hello, first time on your blog and I was delighted, I will come back for sure for a closer and longer look!!! Hugs from Brazil, José

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Lucky to get that shot -- with as cold as it's been. :)

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Nice...I like the tree too!

Ms. ~K said...

Great shots!!!

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