Posted by: atowhee | May 3, 2017


Hey, here’s how you shinny up a tree trunk.  This is what you do with that beak.  Here’s how to drill…

An adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and her newly fledged young were on a bare tree trunk today at Joe Dancer Park.  Where would you go with a gangly youth?  To the skateboard course, natch…so there they were.TWO SAPS-AI believe that is mom on the left, with the full pale mustache, while junior has a fuzzier head and faintest hint of pale life above the beak. At least one adult sapsucker was in the general vicinity all winter at Joe Dancer Park.2saps-a2saps-b2saps-cYoungster on the right, shows hint of a crest.  He’s watching mom very closely.2saps-dHe already has a spiked tail. Youth, full frame:1sap-xDownstream a hundred yards was the other adult:rbsap-adlt

Joe Dancer Park, Yamhill, Oregon, US
May 3, 2017 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM.  7 species

Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)  2     fly over
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1     in usual sentinel tree
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  3     adult training fledgling
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2



  1. Wow! What a find. I take it that these are two males, but I would not expect them to get along and be in the same space. Glad you are home. Bet Nora went crazy and needed more sedation!

    m a

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