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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Normally found in Eastern North America, this is a rarity here in California. It is an adult male, identified by its solid red throat patch framed by black. Sapsuckers are a group of rather quiet secretive woodpeckers that feed not by sucking sap, but by drilling short wells into the cambium layer of living trees and returning to lick the sap that bleeds out. These wells eventually scar over leaving tell-tale markings in neat rows around the tree trunk.
Location
Olema, California, USA.
Date taken
11 January 2021.
Scientific name
Sphyrapicus varius
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I always get excited when I see a woodie here Joe.... seems you did well to spot him in there.

A marvellous picture you've taken of this guy lad - many thanks for showing him to us.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
280
Comment count
3

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/400 second(s)
ISO
100
Filename
Yellow-belliedSapsuckerIMG_5705.jpg
File size
232.7 KB
Date taken
Mon, 11 January 2021 10:38 AM
Dimensions
800px x 1038px

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