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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius


On a walk through the forest you might spot rows of shallow holes in tree bark. In the East, this is the work of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, an enterprising woodpecker that laps up the leaking sap and any trapped insects with its specialized, brush-tipped tongue. Attired sharply in barred black-and-white, with a red cap and (in males) throat, they sit still on tree trunks for long intervals while feeding. To find one, listen for their loud mewing calls or stuttered drumming.


I found this sapsucker at the Cornell site known as Sapsucker Woods.

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Tom15 6 years ago

Thanks Glen.

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 6 years ago

Nice series!

Tom15 6 years ago

Thanks hope and Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

Beautiful captures..

hope.martin 6 years ago

Great photos!

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Ithaca, New York, USA

Lat: 42.44, Long: -76.50

Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 7, 2013

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