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#156365 Nov 29th, 2007 at 06:23 PM
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Here is the BEST picture I have EVER seen of a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. It was taken this week by a forum member named, "keeper" on the Birders World Community Forum, in his brother's yard in Pennsylvania. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers are Woodpeckers that migrate into the US in Winter, where they drill those perfect parallel rows of evenly spaced holes around the trunks of trees, especially Maple and Fruit trees. It doesn't hurt the tree, and the Woodpecker actually benefits the tree by doing this. It drinks the sap that gathers in the holes and eats the bugs that it finds, or that get stuck in the sap. It is a symbiotic relationship. This picture shows how well the woodpecker's markings blend in with the tree and help camoflage it.

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Thornius #156381 Nov 29th, 2007 at 06:58 PM
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Wow, that blends in with the bark pretty good! I guess unless you are really looking you could totally miss it!

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That is a great picture thanks for sharing


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Thornius #156636 Nov 30th, 2007 at 09:25 AM
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Nice photo, fantastic name - it sounds like an old-fashioned cowboy insult!

starfish #156729 Nov 30th, 2007 at 12:41 PM
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It IS an old-fashioned cowboy insult!......But it is ALSO a REAL bird. They spend the Summer and raise their young in the Arboreal Forest of Canada. Then, in Winter they spread south and cover much of the United States. I am in Nashville, Tennessee in the Southeastern United States Over 1,000 km. south of their Summer range and I have at LEAST one every Winter, drilling holes in the Bradford Pear tree in my front yard.


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Thornius #156760 Nov 30th, 2007 at 01:25 PM
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Nice pic thorny, we see them here in NB in the spruce and pine trees.


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Sunflowers #157166 Dec 1st, 2007 at 04:02 PM
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yikes

Thorn ,

Thanks .....i have seen the bird personaly, in the warmer days.. I didnt really think it was a woodpecker till HD told me that..It definately had a red head.

Thanks for sharing......Yes the truck was a good hiding place......They make loud noise doing holes.



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PS... My horse isn't here, this is my Nitemare..

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