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Bark or Bird?

Posted on Oct 8, 2015

What do you see here? If the scene were in the darker shade that it was in real life, without this edited photo, you might simply see a tree. I never realized how much juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius) look like bark! I suppose that helps to give them a little privacy when they are drilling into it while feeding and in a stationary, somewhat vulnerable position for a prolonged period of time. In this case this migrant bird was moving around looking for something a little more suitable at a stopover site. Have you found a Sapsucker in your yard this month? So many birds have so many forms of camouflage…

Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker SFP-1622

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator