Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Red-breasted Sapsucker

This is the time of the year when I begin to see Red-breasted Sapsuckers more frequently away from forested areas. I suppose they wander away from their nesting territories in search of good sap-filled trees to claim as their winter food source. I actually took this photo about 15 years ago when this bird (here in McMinnville, Oregon) allowed me to approach to within 6 ft., but I just rediscovered it as I was looking for a different photo. I don't expect to ever get that close to a free-flying, healthy Sapsucker again.


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