Sapsucker

Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Minnesota has only one species of Sapsucker, the yellow-bellied. The Sapsucker in the above photo is a juvenile, he lacks the red cap and red throat of the adult male.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker’s belly

This photo shows why the bird gets the name yellow-bellied – although on this young bird its more of a yellow “wash”.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, juvenile

I’ve never seen a Sapsucker on the peanut feeder before. I hope he gets the message and moves along down south where his relatives spend the winter. Although very rarely a Sapsucker may winter over in Minnesota, most go to Central America for the winter.

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