Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 10, 2017

Lake Park in Milwaukee had some Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers today. I probably saw a good half-dozen at the north end of the park. Like usual, if they have some good trees with sap running they return to those trees on and off. Sap looked great today with the warm weather, it was just oozing out. I don’t recall seeing any males, these were females. Last year there were nice numbers too at Lake Park, on April 8th, only two days off from last year. Images were taken on April 10, 2017.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along with the sap running out of the tree

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Binomial name: Sphyrapicus varius

Category: Woodpeckers and Allies

Size: 8.5” long, 16” wing span

Weight: 1.8 oz

Getting that running sap...

Getting that running sap…

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Look at all that sap and holes in the tree, the sap is just oozing out...

Look at all that sap and holes in the tree, the sap is just oozing out…

Getting sap

Working a hole for some sap or future sap

Getting that sap

Getting that sap

Getting that sap...

Getting that sap…

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The tongue…

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 8, 2016

I stopped at Lake Park late morning today to check things out. The highlight was numerous Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers licking sap from new and old holes in trees. Some would sit lower towards the base of the tree as there may be more sap at those locations. It was interesting to sit and watch as this continued while I was present. Snow fell for most of the time I was present, a gloomy day with some winds. Birds around where very active. A couple species to note where a Golden-crowned Kinglet and my first  Yellow-rumped Warbler of the year. Images where taken on April 8, 2016.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Binomial name: Sphyrapicus varius

Category: Woodpeckers and Allies

Size: 8.5” long, 16” wing span

Weight: 1.8 oz

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male with sap on bill

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male working on getting sap

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Golden-crowned Kinglet