Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I've finally seen one!!!

After years of pointing to regularly spaced lines of holes on trees and saying: "Those were made by a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker" - I have finally actually seen one! This morning while exploring the Heusel Nature Trail there were several active woodpeckers we could hear off in the distance. As we came to the crest of the hill we noticed a bird flitting from tree to tree. Since the woodpecker-like bird stayed quite close to the trail I was able to focus my new binoculars on it. A red head and a red throat led me to the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker on Cornell's Website - check it out!

On the same walk we discovered the first Bloodroot poking through the leaf litter - I'll go back tomorrow with my camera!

1 comment:

lkw said...

Whoo-hoo! What fun to see a yellow-bellied sapsucker, and just as they're moving north, too.

They seem awfully hard to spot to me -- I've only seen a couple (and those quite recently) - last year in the Garden, too, I think.