Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Beware of the Sapsucker!

There is a sugar maple that is right next to the side door in the yard. Today, while coming into the house from work, a bird flew at me and then quickly put on the brakes and went behind the trunk of the maple tree. I went in to get my binos and camera, and went back out to see what it was.

The bird flew at me again, in an attempt to drive me off. Now I see why. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was defending his sap wells against me. I guess it felt I was a threat to his food source.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker sucking sap

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


The sapsucker continued to keep its eyes on me.

As I was watching the sapsucker, a Fox Sparrow briefly flew in. Also, this Eastern Bluebird landed very near the sapsucker to see what I was looking at.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird male

And of course there were many chickadees chickadeeing...

Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee


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14 comments:

  1. What lovely photographs! I have seen a couple of those in our neck of the woods. They are so pretty and such fun to watch...unless they're aiming for you, that is. LOL

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  2. Very interesting that the bird would defend its food source. I hadn't heard of that before. Great photos.

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  3. Lots of visitors in your yard - very cool!

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  4. Beautiful birds!!

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  5. Donald, you have some nice visitors in your yard.

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  6. Don,
    What a great backyard session you had! The yellow bellied sap sucker is a bird that we supposedly have in MI but you couldn't prove it by me. It is not checked off in my Birds of Michigan guide. I did not know they are so aggressive! Good job catching the moment! ;-)WBW

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  7. Too funny... better start watching your back!

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  8. Great Story and good series of photos.Boom & Gary from The Vermilon River.

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  9. I enjoyed the Sapsucker experience and the cool photos!

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  10. What a busy garden you have!

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  11. World Bird Wednesday?? WOW! Where have I been? I think that's a riot what that sapsucker did to you. I've never seen such a thing.

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  12. Hello Donaldthebierder,
    I just visited your blog and I found the photo of the beautiful Peak.
    I started to publish regularly on my blog insects.
    Soon

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  13. Sorry Donaldthebierder,
    I meant the picture of the yellow-bellied Sapsucker is magnificent.

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