Monday, January 27, 2014

Seeking Sapsuckers

This Red-breasted Sapsucker has his bill buried deep in search of sap in a tree at Lyons City Park.  I went there yesterday in search of a Red-naped Sapsucker that Bill Geibel had recently photographed.  Red-breasted Sapsuckers are fairly common, but Red-naped Sapsuckers are rare, particularly on this side of the Cascades. I didn’t find the Red-naped, but it was great to get to watch this Red-breasted work on this tree just a few feet from where I got out of the car.  There were lots of other birds to watch on the ponds on this bright sunny afternoon, including twenty or more Gadwalls, many Mallards both resident and wild, some Ring-necked Ducks, and of course noisy Canada Geese.  In all I counted 20 different species in the 45 minutes I was there.  Just as I was getting back into the car to leave I spotted a Bald Eagle. As I was looking at him, he was looking a me.



  1. Donaldsville LarryJanuary 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I'm sure the Eagle was sizing you and Buster up for a lunchtime snack, perhaps?

  2. Those eyes on the bald eagle just go right through ya.

  3. Lookss like a very prolific day. Not only tthe bonus blue sky but a bonus Bald Eagle as well! Wonderful phoros!