Bird #74 — Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

sphyrapicus (from sphyra, a hammer, and picus, a woodpecker) varius (variegated)

Wednesday, October 3, 1979 — 3:30 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

Shortly after a White-breasted Nuthatch chased a Brown Creeper away, I spotted these two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in a large tree on the dam on Bulrush Pond.  They were hitching backwards down the trunk, pecking as they went.  Moments later, the Nuthatch came over and joined them in the tree.  Also in the same tree were a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Common Grackle and a Northern Flicker.

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