Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Woodpecker yardbirds

I am linking up my Woodpecker with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's post  I have a couple of my yardbirds.... the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the Downy Woodpecker.



 The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is in the woodpecker family. It is a winter bird for my area and is found in deciduous and mixed forest. They trap their food by drilling holes and forming sap wells which traps the insects.


Above the adult female has a red crown and white nape. The male has both the red crown and a red throat. It is a mid-size woodpecker ranging from 7-8.7 inches in length.





The Downy woodpecker is the smallest American woodpecker.  They can range in size from 5 1/2 to 7 inches in length. It is a resident to my area and it can be found in any wooded environment.


The female lacks the red spot that shows on the nape which is found on the male Downy woodpecker. It has a tiny bill and they eat insect, seeds and berries. And as you can see they love suet.



Other woodies I can see in and around my yard are the Hairy Woodpecker, The Northern Flicker and the Pileated Woodpecker.

I hope you enjoyed my woodie post.To see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

52 comments:

Les fous du cap said...

Beautiful post ;-)
Céline & Philippe

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, You knew you had my complete attention with this subject for your featured post today! Ha! Excellent shots of your woodpecker friends. The Sapsucker is probably the least noticed of the woodpeckers in my opinion. They are great birds! Have a wonderful Wed. tomorrow! P.S. Tomorrow will be my own "Woodpecker Wednesday".

Rohrerbot said...

I love all your woodpeckers. These are amazing birds. The Yellow Bellied Sapsucker is reported here but I couldn't find it this past weekend. The best part is that you don't have to travel to see these beauties!:)

Karen said...

I love woodpeckers! I've only seen Downys in my yard but am ever hopeful to see a Hairy or Red-bellied. My first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was dead unfortunately. I brought it home and buried it in my yard. I think my favourite is the Northern Flicker. I love the varied pattern of their feathers.
My boyfriend made me a wonderful suet feeder out of a log and the birds love it. A little Red-breasted Nuthatch is visiting it this year which tickles me.
Happy Birding, Eileen!

Dina said...

You've got a great collection of woodys there! I rarely see the yellowed bellied here in Florida. I mostly have seen them when I visit Atlanta.

Happyone said...

The downy woodpecker is such a cute little thing. I saw when the other day. : ) You got some really good pictures of him!!

Carole M. said...

:) yellow-bellied sap-sucker makes me smile; I can't help but think owning that title is somewhat comical. Charming birds but my eye definately hones in on the downy woodpecker; very eye-catching for me. Thanks for sharing Eileen; beautiful photographs

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have a great variety of woodies in your yard Eileen! I'm happy to just see one. Thanks for sharing these beauties.

TexWisGirl said...

great shots of the sapsucker! so hard to get at in the trees!

Debbie said...

the sapsucker looks big, i'm surprised to learn that the female has some red!!

your downey images are beautiful, sharp, crisp and clear!!

Larry said...

Great shots of the woodies Eileen! They certainly are cool birds and I love their drumming.

Leora said...

Wonderful shots of the downy woodpecker! I managed to spot one last year in my neighborhood, but my captures weren't nearly as crisp as yours. Take care, Eileen.

Carver said...

Great shots of the woodpeckers. They are such beautiful birds.

Linda Gross said...

I haven't been paying much attention to our backyard birds. I do know that we need to get more bird seed out there for them or they will go elsewhere to eat! Nice pics of your woodpeckers!

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...I love the Yellow Belly..I don't see then in winter
probably because they are your place!! ; )
They sure are noisy buggers!!
The Downy year round here..love them!!
Great shots!!
Grace

Maria said...

Great to know this bird!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I loved seeing your woodpeckers today...especially the little downy.

SandyCarlson said...

You've educated me, Eileen! Thank you.

Lynne said...

Amazing photos!

The woodpeckers remind me of the tap, tap, tapping they do on the cedar of our house during the winter. Maybe we need to provide cedar "tapping boards" for them in the woods . . . I think they find insects and mites in the cedar boards? They leave holes though . . .

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of your woodpeckers, Eileen. My Downy has been misbehaving and is on my 'bad boy' list!!!!

He/they are eating holes in our newly painted house.. They NEVER EVER touched it before we had it painted. Wonder why they are doing it now? Guess they like the taste of the paint....??????

Hugs,
Betsy

Saun said...

Beautiful shots

Carletta said...

I can't say that I've ever seen a yellowed bellied. I'll have to check if they are even in my area.
I'll have to just enjoy yours. :)
Love your Downies! I have a pair now but they are wanting to peck on our house and hubby is getting frustrated. It's the first year they have done this.
Have a wonderful week Eileen!

mick said...

Great photos and beautiful birds to have in your yard.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures of woodpecker.
Thanks for the comment on my blog.
Hanne Bente

Elaine said...

Nice! I get the downy and hairy woodpeckers at my feeders in the winter, and occasionally see a three-toed and the northern flicker in the summer. I'd love to see one of the pilateds.

Amanda said...

Wow! great pics. No woodpeckers in Australia so very interesting.

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, I just love woodpeckers! I am missing my little downies as we do not have them here in Tucson so it is nice to see a photo of them! Sapsuckers seem so much wilder to me!

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! Woodpecker! Great catch!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice Woodpecker series, I love them.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

You have such gorgeous feathered visitors to your garden.

diane b said...

The sapsucker has worked it out well, how to catch its food.

Pam :) said...

Beautiful captures of both the Sapsucker and the striking black and white Downy woodpecker, Eileen.
I wish we lived in a wooded area like you do :>

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!What a lovely bird the Woodpecker is!!We dont have them here!Great shots!And you're lucky to see them in your lovely yard!!Thank you for your kind comment!Wishing you a lovely day!
Dimi..

Dianne said...

I love the spots on their wings!

Anni said...

I love the dappled sunlight with the bird in the tree. Beautiful images Eileen.

i stora drag said...

Lovely pictures of the woodpeckers! I can't say I've seen so many in my life and this was interesting!

Thanks for your kind of comment! Yes I'm feeling better now!
Greetings Pia

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful photography. We have a woodpecker that frequents our suet feeder. He is black & white with white specks, the back of his neck is red. So pretty!
Thanks for visiting, come again soon!
Cindy

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wonderful photos! I recently learned more about the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. I think it's my favorite name for a bird ever haha :)

Wally Jones said...

Very nice images and good informative article!

Fjällripan said...

Oh I really like the dawny woodpecker, so beautiful in black and white!

EG CameraGirl said...

You have me jealous again. We have only downy and hairy woodpeckers at our feeders. ;)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very nice Eileen...Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, all such fun and fascinating birds to have around~

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of these birds.

missing moments said...

I get the downy and red-bellied but only once seen the flicker in my backyard. Wish he would come back! Great captures!

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, Beautiful pictures of "Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers♡♡♡
I wish I could see these lovely birds ad hear them sing.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

BlueShell said...

...That is why I do LOVE NATURE!
xo
BShell

Caroline Gill said...

These are fine looking Woodpeckers, Eileen!

Phil said...

Great information and great pictures Eileen. Thanks for sharing your peckers with us.

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - I'd love to have woodpeckers as yard birds!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Australia

Jo said...

Eileen, that Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is very much like a woodpecker; of course I've never seen one until this post. Thanks! I love the tiny Downy Woodpecker too. Thanks for sharing you woodie post! Jo

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos of handsome birds!

Rambling Woods said...

I love all the woodpeckers and like you are happy to feed them in exchange for getting to watch their antics..Lovely series...Michelle