Photo Adventures In The Wild (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker)

I’ve been seeing more and more bird and animal activity, a sure sign of Spring, around the yard and house these past few weeks.  We recently discovered a nest belonging to a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (of the woodpecker family) in a nearby tree.  At least, according to my bird book, that’s what I believe this pair of birds appears to be!  The chicks are especially noisy and this is what first got my attention.  Both the female and the male seem very attentive and are kept busy with feeding their hungry brood.  I’ve never seen Sapsuckers up this close before and have been enjoying the opportunity to observe them and photograph them for future artwork.  I’m hoping to get images of the young birds as they emerge from the nest too.  It’s located on the edge of the woods and on a very steep hill so it’s taking some ingenuity on my part to get my camera gear set up in a good location.  The nest is also located about 100 feet in the air, at the very top of a White Birch tree.  A clever spot for a nest, to be sure, but hard on one’s neck if you want to observe things!

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