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

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

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

  1. Annie says:

    Those are awesome pictures. We’ve been waiting for the Sapsuckers to show up. But we had about 2″ of fresh snow it’s a wonder anything will show up. Thanks for sharing your find.

  2. Kurt says:

    Jim, Another great set of images. You are going to turn me into a birder yet. How long will they hang out there? Now I have to go to Greenfield and Lake parks for the Herons and the Sapsuckers… Wow. Is there any particular time that they are more active? Or do they act like a typical woodpecker?

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    Great photos, Jim. We are all so lucky that you’re willing to share.

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