Red-breasted Sapsucker excavating
Walking through the woods near the Willamette River today I became aware of the faint tapping sounds that tell you a woodpecker is somewhere nearby excavating a nesting cavity. Eventually I spotted this Red-breasted Sapsucker about 25 ft. high on the side of a Cottonwood tree, which appeared to be quite healthy, except for one dead limb. The Sapsucker had chosen a spot on the main trunk directly below that limb. I'm guessing that there must be some dead wood in the trunk there, and the Sapsucker was able to detect that as a good place to dig.