Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Let’s face it . . . there is no bird with a funnier name than the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. As a kid, I remember cartoons where the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was mentioned and I’ve sure that Miss Jane Hathaway of Beverly Hillbillies fame went looking for one.

Miss Jane Hathaway and Jethro

Today I was out birding at Green Point Preserve in Dresden when I heard a very uneven woodpecker drumming. Maine’s common woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy and Pileated) all have a very steady drumming. This was erratic, fast then slow then fast with beats seemingly missing in-between. This was something different.

It took me a good 20 minutes to find the bird . . . a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker high in a peninsula of pine trees.

Lots of other beautiful birds were also present.


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