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January 2, 2014 / Rae Spencer

A New Bird for a New Year

The yard’s first bird of 2014 was a new bird for me. She showed up on New Year’s Day, but I was on my way out the door and didn’t have time to stop for a photo. Fortunately, she returned today…

Woodpecker Jan 2

(I believe this is a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I saw a juvenile sapsucker during my last trip to Alabama, but this is the first adult I’ve ever seen. Please comment if you can confirm or correct my identification!)

Woodpecker Jan 2

Woodpecker Jan 2

I followed her with my lens while she hopped from limb to limb in the pear tree, but I didn’t get a clear photo until something startled her and she paused.

Woodpecker Jan 2

Woodpecker Jan 2

She flew away a few minutes later, when a hungry squirrel climbed onto an adjoining branch.

Squirrel Jan 2

Squirrel Jan 2

Despite gloomy skies and an approaching storm, I can’t think of a better way to start a new year in the yard!

6 Comments

  1. Sharon Poch / Jan 2 2014 9:16 PM

    Rae, She Looks Exactly Like The Photo Of The Female Yellow- Bellied Sapsucker In My Peterson’s Guide

  2. Lisa R. / Jan 2 2014 11:37 PM

    Yes, I think your ID is right. Lovely photos!

  3. Book Nanny / Jan 3 2014 5:42 AM

    Lovely photos, Rae. Happy New Year!

  4. Gillian / Jan 4 2014 7:12 PM

    Agree with Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Other woodpeckers don’t have the vertical white line on their wings, and Yellow-bellied is the only sapsucker in the eastern seaboard. Great find!

  5. bardessdmdenton / Jan 20 2014 1:58 PM

    Every post is another adventure into nature’s wonders, Rae! Glad I stopped by and caught up a bit! Hope you are well. XO

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