Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Odd looking Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The bird on the peanut feeder is odd in two ways. First its a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a peanut feeder, the first I have ever seen utilising one. Second it has no red on the head at all, and quite extensive white on the back when it flew (off). According to the literature it is a second-year female, a plumage I have never seen before. It did occur to me that it might be a hybrid Hairy Woodpecker x Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and I am not at sure it isn't, comments welcome.

The subject in the video, a Woodchuck, is an addition to the garden animal list and, it seems, a new resident. It has taken a liking to some of Sandra's plants but mostly eats other vegetation which grows freely in our wildlife garden.

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