Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bedtime for a Sapsucker

Will Kerling sent the photo above with the following fascinating account: "This Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is tucked into the recess of a dead tree in front of the Northwood Center for the night. The image was taken yesterday evening when it was getting quite dark. I didn't have a tripod so it's a little soft and the depth of field is shallow.

"A Brown Creeper tried to settle in right below the tail of the woodpecker and that lasted only a few seconds because the sapsucker rapidly wheeled and chased the creeper away. The Brown Creeper made two very cautiously tries after this incident, but never made another commitment to nestle in. It went elsewhere for a roosting spot."

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