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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius


Black and white "woodpecker" with red head. Sapsuckers wound trees in circular fashion and feed on the insects that collect in the sap wells. Hummingbirds and butterflies also utilize the fresh sap wells.


Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers live in both hardwood and conifer forests up to about 6,500 feet elevation. They often nest in groves of small trees such as aspens, and spend winters in open woodlands


Breeding pair found in NNE corner of corning Lake, The Holden Arboretum, Lake county, Kirtland Twp., Kirtland, OH. Nesting in nearby dead elm tree.

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Hema 7 years ago

cool and unique!

williefromwi 7 years ago

how very cool and unusual is that hummingbird and a Y-B Sapsucker, two very different birds with one shutter click.

gavanwp 7 years ago

That is awesome!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

So nice the woodpecker and the hummie at the same time!

Brian Parsons
Spotted by
Brian Parsons

Kirtland, Ohio, USA

Lat: 41.61, Long: -81.30

Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 10, 2012

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