Sapsucker Nest!

Right now is a really good time to find Woodpecker nests, especially Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Northern Flickers. When you’re walking in the woods, keep an ear out for baby Woodpecker chatter. Baby Woodpeckers, for some unknown reason, keep up a constant chatter when they are still in the nest. Once you hear it, just keep searching for a likely tree that has a few holes drilled in it. Then patiently wait for the parents to show – which shouldn’t be too long – as the parents know they have hungry chicks to feed.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nest hole

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nest hole

Sapsucker entering nest

Sapsucker entering nest

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

 Before they would leave the nest, the adult bird would check to see if the coast was clear. They would look left, right, and overhead before flying out of the hole.

Sapsucker with fecal sac

Sapsucker with fecal sac

The male Sapsucker was cleaning house. Here he’s leaving with a fecal sac.
female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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