Female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

This Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is checking her holes in our Maple tree for sap. If you look closely, you can see some of her many rows of holes.

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Here she is checking one of them:

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Something I think is really interesting is how different these birds look when they stretch themselves out. You’ll notice in the photos above that she has a short, almost fat, squatty look to her. But in the photo below is the very same bird, taken about 30 seconds later, as she moved her way around the tree.

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You can’t help but notice the big difference in how elongated she appears. I think that’s interesting how their appearance can change so much depending on what position they are in. They also are extremely well camouflaged, blending in perfectly with the local tree bark.