Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

I feel sorry for these birds on days that stay below freezing. I can't imagine much sap is flowing when temps remain low.







Puff ball

 Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

153 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

What kind of woodpecker is that? A sapsucker?...:)JP

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love that Sapsucker, great pictures. We have them here and I love to watch them, Blessings Francine.

Nancy said...

A "dirty" version of the Downy -- Cute!

My Unfinished Life said...

nice clicks!!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

There is probably sap still flowing on the side facing the sun or the warm side of the tree. Sap must have to flow in the dead of winter because sometimes it gets so cold around here that the sap will freeze and explode and rip the bark off the tree. It doesn't always kill the tree because the side in the shade is not enough to girdle the tree. Lightening struck the neighbors tree last summer and ripped the bark off on the side where the sap was running as the sap made a better conductor than the dry side.

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture on the woodpecker! i used to see Black-rumped Flameback here

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh no, hate to think of that happening. Poor little guys. Great pictures of the adorable woodpecker!

Dicky Bird said...

I've heard of "you yellow belly sap sucker" just never seen one. Cute bird.

Pom Pom said...

He's so pretty! I love his perky and colorful head. His yellow belly is soft like a goldfinch.

Jacquelineand.... said...

A sapsucker? We don't have them around here; I thought it was a woodpecker at first!

It must be cold, as much as he's puffed up to keep warm. Poor baby.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

most birds 'puff' up when its cold

these are a resilient breed, most are.

sometimes I wonder where they go during frigid temps but I notice that many find a bush or brush to perch in and they 'puff'

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great pictures. I agree this is tough times for these poor little birds !

Carole M. said...

...so that's a yellow-bellied sapsucker ------- very handsome bird too

Aditi said...

Adorable... He's trying really hard!

georgettesullins said...

awww...he has a red cap and scarf.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Woodpecers are so beautiful!

Candy C. said...

Love the puff ball shot and what pretty red he has on his head! :)

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

He appears to be either studying the bark or waiting patiently for sap to flow..great shots Theresa!

messymimi said...

Pretty things, i'm sorry they get so cold.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I always thought that name was just a joke... I apologize to the bird:@)

DJan said...

Pretty! Nice captures, Tex. :-)

Revrunner said...

Tough to take such good photographs under such conditions.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I wonder about the sap, too. But they manage! Ihope he gets warmer weather soon. He is a real cutie!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex....Yellow Belly Sap Sucker Yellow Belly Sap .......oh yes I love the sound of that I can see the name suits the beauty. Hug B

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful captures! He was really "puffing up" for you :)

Sandra said...

in a couple of these he looks like he is rearing back to really peck hard on that tree.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I know... I feel sorry for ALL the outdoor creatures in the cold. Brutal. blessings ~ tanna

Larry Ostby said...

We have the Downy and the Hairy, haven't seen the Sapsucker around here. Nice pics T.

Bill said...

These are such neat looking birds.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

216 tears ago tomorrow (give or take a day or two) several of them would show up when my mom would put out a chunk of suet.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

This is a great set of images. I don't think I've ever seen one of these little guys. Your pictures are the next best thing. It looks as if you're going to have to put out a sap feeder, to go with all your other bird feeders. :)

It was 14 below zero when I woke up this morning. Maybe that's why I don't see many sapsuckers. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wonderful pictures!! I love the sound of woodpeckers in the forest :)

Molly The Wally said...

Lovely to see the Woodpecker and we hope they find a way of making do. Not long till Spring. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

EG CameraGirl said...

We have woodpeckers here year round, Tex, and they manage quite well. They have adapted to winter better than most humans. ;))

Anvilcloud said...

So, there really is a yellow-bellied sapsucker. It's not just an insult.

Dianne said...

I love their red highlights

Blackberry Lane said...

Gorgeous photos.

Irma said...

Woodpecers are so beautiful.
Wonderful pictures.

rainfield61 said...

It has to exercise hard to drive away the coldness.

KaHolly said...

You've managed to get some great images!! I've never seen one up close like that before.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I suppose they eat other things too or they wouldn't survive.

cobie en bas van Es said...

maar hij staat er wel geweldig mooi op.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What an adorable little bird!

Betty Manousos said...

woodpeckers are soo cute!
thanks for sharing:))

Barb Brookbank said...

He looks pretty cold!

joeh said...

Not much of a yellow belly.

Never saw one, been called one many times though.

Farm Girl said...

What a pretty bird. I just thought a yellow Bellied Sapsucker was a bad word I called my brothers. I did not know there was a real bird. :{

Karen S. said...

We don't see them so much right now, and with our winter, especially this year, it's a long far distance between seeing any birds much at all.

karmnik54 said...

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HOOTIN ANNI said...

The soft glow of the golden sun makes for warm, beautiful images.

DeniseinVA said...

I have never seen one of these before. Great shots!

Karen said...

Great shots of this guy! I've never seen one. Brings back memories of hiking with my dad when I was little. Whenever we saw a bird he didn't recognize, he would say, "Well, that's a Yellow-bellied sapsucker of course!". Used to make me laugh, because I thought there was no such bird, and he had made it up!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

He sure looks fluffed up.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Yea Theresa you were right, 2 days no blog reading list, just checked and I am back on. I adore the Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and yes they do have hard times.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Very nice pictures.

Montanagirl said...

That Sapsucker is really pretty! You get to see the neatest birds.

don said...

I like the series on this sapsucker. I too feel concerned about the low temperatures and the birds.
One yesterday came to the bird bath and finally took a both! I couldn't believe it would do that. It was a short bath and the bird fluffed it feathers and flew away.

Mersad said...

Poor fellows. These cold days are no fun for anyone.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Bob Bushell said...

He must be feeling cold this day, but he knows what he's after, SAP.

Nancy said...

He is a beauty and you got some great shots...I too hope he's not cold and can get some sap....

ashok said...

lovely bird!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Good morning to you T , that bird looks like he needs a wash but then food is more important.


peter

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very pretty bird. I do hope they can find food although it's cold.

Debbie said...

oh what a beauty....AWESOME captures!!

now don't go out and buy them sap ;)

i had a lot of trouble, again today. getting your blog to load and even longer to get the comment box to load. i used the time wisely, i went outside and filled the feeders, filled the water dishes and put out a new orange ;)

Gail Dixon said...

I never thought about the sap freezing. And if it eats insects, too, there's probably not many of those either. You got some great shots of this bird that is usually way high up in the trees.

DIMI said...

Great shots Tex!!The woodpecker is a beautiful bird!!
Dimi...

magnoliasntea said...

It's amazing how animals survive in really cold weather. I've seen birds pecking ice for a drink and finally eating the thistles and pokeberries we left for them. Hopefully these little guys have a stash somewhere, too.

Sylvia K said...

Busy little guy, isn't he!!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

He's a cute little guy! I've never seen one.

Inger said...

I love the fluff on his head in the top pictures. I hope they will be OK.

And I smiled when you said you LOVED ladyfi's blog, because you NEVER use CAPS! It made me feel so sure I was correct about her blog.

Inger said...

I love the fluff on his head in the top pictures. I hope they will be OK.

And I smiled when you said you LOVED ladyfi's blog, because you NEVER use CAPS! It made me feel so sure I was correct about her blog.

barbara l. hale said...

Tough on the birds if they are not used to the cold. We saw one of those while we were in Texas. What kind of pecker is he? I like his fancy stripes and his flashy red.

Julia said...

I thought hat they were looking for grubs.
Hugs,
JB

Giga said...

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I hope you enjoy your feeders in these cold days. Thank you for another comment from me No. 1 Yours.

Janey and Co. said...

I have been waiting for the sap...I mean sun. pretty bird!

Patty Woodland said...

I remember the first time I saw one and felt badly for the poor thing that such a sweet little bird was associated with such bad connotations.

Leovi said...

Great catch, a beautiful bird!

Kerry said...

This has been a brutal winter for birds; may it soon become mild for their sake.
I just hung a suet feeder, but no takers yet. Perhaps they are actually finding enough bugs to feed themselves, I hope so.

wayside wanderer said...

One of my favorite bird names to say with a slur. :)

Small City Scenes said...

They peck away anyway.
We have the Red-breasted Sapsucker out here. MB

Snapper II said...

This fellow is the one pecking holes in my power pole. It has a nice nest in the pole. one hole goes all the way through the pole. LOL

Phil Slade said...

You're right TWG. It can't be much fun finding sap or insects when it's so cold. I can't help noticing how the sapsucker is puffed up against the cold.

Robin Lamb said...

T, a pretty bird indeed! Not sure of their choice of diet. Doesn't sound very exciting!

Findlay Wilde said...

You wouldn't think it was that cold from the pictures with all that sunshine in them. We haven't seen much sun for ages. It feels like it has been raining forever now. from Findlay

Our Neck of the Woods said...

They are such pretty birds. It has been below freezing here for as long as I can remember, so not much sap flowing.

Ron said...

I feel sorry for them just because of their name! LOL

Ron said...

I feel sorry for them just because of their name! LOL

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex I love to see your Woodpeckers.

Melissa said...

Wow, isn't he handsome! Either not lacking for food or all puffed up to stay warm, but either way, he looks so regal.

Kate said...

Nature can be pretty tough on our outdoor animals.

RedPat said...

I was watching a Downey Woodpecker poking about in a tree this morning but then she left it and settled on some suet. Smart girl!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful pictures of this lovely bird .. So cute..

Sally said...

Love the photo's, T, but yeah some things are just not right.

HansHB said...

A lovely serie!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are so sweet -- but yeah, I never thought about the fact that their whole food supply would freeze.

Eva Ason said...

This woodpecker is very nice, great shots of him

Margie said...

He looks so handsome against the bark of that tree.

Deb said...

it is so cold...I feel bad for the critters...

Jeanne said...

Somehow God's creatures make due with the cold. Pretty bird!

Filip Demuinck said...

Never heard of this bird but it looks nice.

Greetings,
Filip

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I've heard of them, but never see one, thanks!

eileeninmd said...

I would think they find bugs stuck on the tree bark also? Love the Sapsucker, this one looks a little chunky. Must be eating good! Have a great evening!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

He's pretty! I'm feeling sorry for all the wildlife, especially birds, since we've had so many days with snow on the ground and below freezing temps. Thank goodness it's supposed to warm a little later in the week. I have a photo of what I think is a female sapsucker. I'll be showing it probably next week, maybe you can tell me if I'm right.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome!! i am late for a very important bird date .. what a beauty. love the colors. thank you for sharing ... i don't i've ever seen this one. neat-o!! ( :

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Nice pictures of that younger male. Yes, it likely is hard on these woodpeckers to not have their usual supply of sap. Guess they may also supplement their diet with smaller insects? Don't know for sure about that. Have a super nice Wed. tomorrow!

Stephanie said...

Nice series.

Joe said...

Love watching these.

Deanna said...

The coloring on that bird is wonderful...love the yellows, golds, browns & reds.

bailey-road.com said...

Such a pretty bird. I did read that, in cold weather, they drill farther down toward the base of the tree where the sap is more likely to still be flowing.

Red said...

There should be lots of sap. They start with the sugar maples when it's still very cold. Sap doesn't freeze at 0 C(32 F)

Brian King said...

Had one of these a couple of winters ago. He'd eat the suet. Haven't seen any since. Very cool looking woodpeckers!

Michelle said...

Love that fuzzy, spot of red!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Such a pretty one! You caught some great pics--love how the sunlight shows off his pretty feathers.

Rose said...

I bet you have an absolute blast watching all the birds...the whistlers alone would make my day but then to have all these others would be the icing on the cake.

Rose said...

Such a beautiful bird. I hope it stays nice and warm.

parker said...

A resourceful sucker he is. Tapping into a main artery is his speciality!

Barb said...

Great markings!

Cloudia said...

*Rap Rap Rap* Sound of the woods.



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Elaine said...

Amazing the amount of insulation birds get from puffing up their feathers. Here the little Redpolls still come to the feeders when it's 40 below, puffed up like little balls. It takes a lot of food to keep them going on a cold day.

Lady Lilith said...

Agreed. At least we go to go indoors and have warmth.

Our photos said...

The bird is beautiful!

Pallavi said...

Must be difficult for the birds in this cold weather. Hope it gets warm soon.

Randy said...

Beautiful markings.

Susan said...

What a beautiful bird. He looks cold, got his feathers all fluffed to stay warm.

Lynne said...

Wonderful shots . . . beautiful markings!

Willow said...

Amazing how he blends into that truck so well !

Willow said...

Amazing how he blends into that truck so well !

SquirrelQueen said...

They are such pretty birds. He looks cold with his feathers all ruffled up.

Paul said...

Beautiful facial markings. You get all the good birds coming to visit!

Linda said...

Love his red head! Hope temperatures warm up soon.

Weekend-Windup said...

They look very beautiful. Their body is made in such a way to be safe in cool climate.

mick said...

You're worried about the sap not running - I'd be worried about the blood not flowing in temps like I've been reading about!! Great photos and beautiful bird.

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Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker sounds so insulting!

MarkD60 said...

We need to find a sab substitute, that you could feed them in the winter.

Helma said...

What a wonderful woodpeckers have you there in America!
I think they are many times mooir than we have in the Netherlands.
Taipans!

Terry and Linda said...

What a pretty little bird. I'm not sure if they are here, but we do have a woodpecker. Although, this year I haven't seen him.

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Hopefully he is finding something! Great shots......

michaelswoodcraft said...

cool photographs!! :-)

Adam Jones said...

What a beauty!! I love that last shot where he's looking at us. Great!!

Adam Jones said...

What a beauty!! I love that last shot where he's looking at us. Great!!

Wally Jones said...

He's really handsome! Wonderful series of shots!

I keep trying to puff up like birds do when they're cold but it just doesn't seem to help. Of course, I don't have as many head feathers as I used to........

Donna said...

Love the touches on red in the feathers! I'm surprised it let you get that close to him!

Raggedy Creations said...

They have maple trees tapped here in Pa so there must be some sap flowing. I know it seems weird to me too.

McGuffy Ann said...

I haven't seen too many of these. I love woodpeckers, though.

edenhills said...

What an adorable bird! This winter has been so hard on everyone.

Carletta said...

I'd love to see one of these guys! I feel so sorry for the birds this time of year. I'm trying to at least keep them fed. :)

I ended up not having Internet yesterday but thanks for the verification on the hawk. I knew you'd know. hugs

Liz said...

What a lovely bird! I've never heard of a Sapsucker.

Laura. M said...

A great series with good details!!!

catskillblogger said...

I guess they have their way of surviving.

Mandy Southgate said...

Aaaah, poor thing. I can see that he is definitely trying to buffer himself from the cold.

pattisjarrett said...

Their feather pattern is so pretty, especially on the back and wings. I guess you'll have to start coating your trees with syrup. ;)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I've never seen one of those before. Very nice images!

~Lindy

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