A Sapsucker in Setauket

Tuesday, December 8, 2020,

This rather handsome bird is a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I found him at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. This may be the same exact tree that I photographed a juvenile Sapsucker on over a month ago.

Many of the trees in this park are quite popular with the Sapsuckers. These birds like to drill holes into certain trees. Then they lap up the resulting sap that flows out those holes. Some of the tress at Frank Melville are literally riddles with their holes. In the photo below, you can actually see some of the flowing sap. It’s that dark shiny fluid seeping from the hole that this bird has just excavated. JK.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sunday, December 24, 2017,

This is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, my first one ever. It is probably an immature male and not just because most women I know are always telling me that men are immature. Or maybe they just mean me. I’m not sure. Anyways, back to the bird. I spotted a pair of these working some trees about a month ago at the Morton Wildlife Refuge. They were obviously woodpeckers of some sort but even from a distance I could see they weren’t Downy Woodpeckers, which are the woodpeckers I see most often. When I got home, I grabbed my Sibley’s Guide and compared my pics to the illustrations in Mr. Sibley’s excellent book. I thought I might have a Sapsucker but I very rarely trust myself, especially when it comes to new (to me) birds. So I emailed my friend Patrice from the Four Harbors Audubon Society and she confirmed my guess. I had finally captured the mythical Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I looked to the skies for falling confetti or blaring trumpets but, sigh, there was nothing of the sort. I did, however, have a new bird under my belt. JK