Every April a group of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers visits our backyard in northern Illinois. They never stay long but they always make use of the various large, old trees in the city yard. Most used is the aging birch tree. This tree gets more and more battered each year, depositing branches on the ground, but still
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are back in full force!!
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers [Sphyrapicus varius] visit our yard twice a year like clockwork, once in the spring and once in the fall. They are always a treat to watch, and always frequent our birch tree. Their foraging technique is what gives them their interesting name. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker makes two kinds of holes in trees to
Spring finally hit this past week with warm temperatures and lots of bird song. Unfortunately, the warmth comes and goes..there is even a possibility for snow this weekend. But nonetheless, spring has come. Each day seems to bring in new birds to our Callaway Nature Preserve, so we plan to update each Thursday. Fox Sparrows
Video starring a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker This video was shot in our backyard nature preserve. It is over 2 minutes long but shows a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drilling holes and drinking out of them in our birch tree. Enjoy and please share with others! Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from birdfreak on Vimeo. Background noise includes: Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow,