Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sapsuckers et arrive!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The good thing about the winter's first cold front is that it always brings some of the season's new birds with it. This afternoon a yellow-bellied sapsucker made her first appearance. We can tell she's a sub-adult female by her streaky overall appearance (less clean looking than an adult female) and by her red crown, and whitish (not red) throat.

Here are two images of her. One is enlarged and cropped. She's a beauty, don't you think? Sapsuckers are irregular on our farm from early autumn through late spring. Since we sometimes go a year or more between sightings, we're always happy to see one. It's one of the seven woodepcker species we see here on our southeastern Ohio farm, five of which nest on our property.