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sphyrapicus varius

  1. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    I believe this is a young male. I see him off and on around the yard.
  2. Sat FunYellow Bellied Sapsucker

    Sat FunYellow Bellied Sapsucker

    When I saw this pose, it looked to me like he just took offense to something. I imagined him talking in a southern gentleman's drawl, similar to Foghorn Leghorn. "Who ah you, I say, who ah you callin a Yellow Bellied Sapsuckuh? Why I'll have you know, suh, that I, I say I am....wait, I that IS...
  3. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Woodpecker.

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Woodpecker.

    Male. Quite a handsome bird up close.
  4. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    He found a rusting stove pipe on an old camping hut, and seemed very satisfied with the loud metallic drumming he was getting from pounding his beak against it.
  5. Why they call me Yellow-bellied

    Why they call me Yellow-bellied

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are fairly small woodpeckers with stout, straight bills. The long wings extend about halfway to the tip of the stiff, pointed tail at rest. Often, sapsuckers hold their crown feathers up to form a peak at the back of the head.
  6. Chin-up time

    Chin-up time

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker getting some exercise in while it's snatching the seedlings on the branch. Males tend to arrive on breeding grounds before females. Courtship displays include pointing bill up to show off colored throat patch
  7. So, So Cold

    So, So Cold

    Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker This was from early this a.m. when temps were 21 degrees F. All puffed up trying to warm up with the rising sun.
  8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    This is a male returning for another winter. 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...
  9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    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...
  10. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Female

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Female

    Was on my back deck watching this female (she was totally unconcerned with me) when she suddenly crouched down like this and went still. Then I noticed all the birds had disappeared from the yard. She was like this for several moments, then seemed to relax and go back to business. We have...
  11. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    OOPS! I think he spotted me!
  12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker , female

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker , female

    Thanks for your kind words on my pictures
  13. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

    I have some of these woodpeckers that seem to be setting up housekeeping nearby. Both males and females are in the yard daily. And of course I can't ignore them with the camera.
  14. YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER FEMALE

    YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER FEMALE

    I have seen mostly males, but yesterday this female literally popped up.
  15. Yellow Bellied Sap[sucker

    Yellow Bellied Sap[sucker

    He's slightly agitated, another male was on the same small tree and they weren't getting along very well.
  16. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.JPG

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.JPG

    This handsome male is the first one I have seen this spring.
  17. Yellow-bellied sapsucker.jpg

    Yellow-bellied sapsucker.jpg

    Couldn't decide what photo was best so I picked these two.
  18. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

  19. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    https://ebird.org/checklist/S81157333
  20. Sapsucker (?)

    Sapsucker (?)

    Pretty sure this is a yellow-bellied sapsucker? More photos here, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68944224, if anyone would like to take a look. Right next to a cemetery that maintains a patch of natural forest, partially for forest burials. The path through the forest is surprisingly...
  21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

  22. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker with Sap

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker with Sap

    I guess she likes "frozen sap".
  23. Yellow bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow bellied Sapsucker

    Was a cold early morning when I spotted this Yellow bellied Sapsucker
  24. Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.JPG

    Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.JPG

    Lucky find in a small Havana park
  25. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.jpg

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.jpg

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) Female. 1st yr bird.
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