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A Juvenile Sapsucker!


This is a young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, probably a female.  This juvenile was with several other woodpeckers and small songbirds that quickly flew from tree to tree, all down the street here yesterday morning.  The juvenile has no red at all. Adults have a bit of red on their head.  Males are brighter with more red areas.  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have, like their name implies, a yellow chest.

This sapsucker is likely a Winter migrant.  Here in Marion County, Florida, we are seeing more birds arriving from Northern states.  I am excited to see which birds will visit!  The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drills holes in trees and drinks the juicy sap.  They also eat insects but depend on sap quite a bit.  I took these pictures on December 1, 2013 from street in front of my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see each larger photo of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "A Juvenile Sapsucker!" (8)

  1. And so it IS!!! Many years ago, a sapsucker would come to our huge maple tree every day and drill a row of holes. After many, many rows, it killed the tree and we had to cut it down. It was a huge old maple in the middle of our front yard. and one of the reasons we bought this house.

    • Hi Ginny, Maybe many generations of the sapsuckers have been on one of the trees shown in today’s pictures. I think that there are rows of holes (looks like shaggy bark?). Sorry about your Maple. Yes, all woodpeckers naturally seem to have somewhat destructive tendencies. I still love ’em! Have an excellent day!

  2. so very cute. i’ve only seen them rarely here. they’re so elusive. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, I had only seen a couple up in Tennessee and this is the first one here in Marion County, Florida. Glad you also have them around on occasion where you live there in TX. Have a tremendously nice day!

  3. Hi All, No, as far as I know, it does not snow in North Central Florida in Marion County where I now live. Just some snow fun for the holiday season. Enjoy!

  4. They are usually hard to find, great sighting of a cool bird. Have a happy week!

    • Hi Eileen, I was fortunate. There seemed to be a wave of smaller birds including several woodpeckers moving down the street from tree to tree fairly quickly. I almost did not get the pictures. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  5. I must be very nice to see the birds arriving for the winter, somewhat like it is here when in Spring they start arriving for the summer. I hope our summer birds are all now safely far to the south because our weather is turning cold.

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