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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sapsucker Surprize

snow effect to make me happy :)

While the rest of the country's been cold and snowy..  it was 82° here yesterday, normally we average around 76° this time of year.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I was hiding in the bushes shooting pics of a Red-bellied Woodpecker on the peanut feeder when all of a sudden I saw a blur zip by the camera lens.

Pulling the camera away from my face and looking through branches of our Bottlebrush tree.. I realized it was a bird I've not seen before.

Knowing they wouldn't be the best shots, I snap anyway and got off three shots before it left as quickly as it came.

I think it was a young female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, but I could be wrong (done that a zillion times before:)  Whatdaya think?

Color me Happy :)

28 comments:

  1. I'm not sure because I've never saw one before. Great capture of him. Twice when I've been driving down in the valley along the creeks I've spied kingfishers on the telephone wires but I know if I stopped ever they would take off. I'm glad you got some shots of this guy.

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  2. The sapsucker is a treat. I don't think I've ever seen one before, either. And you're right...there IS a snowy effect to your photo.

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  3. If you would like some real snow (and cold) to add 'atmosphere' to your photos, I would be glad to send some of ours down your way. These are wonderful photos of the sapsucker.

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  4. Haha...I will send you some of our snow also! Great capture of this pretty bird. Crazy weather..while your putting your AC on we are turning up the heat!

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  5. It is definitely a yellow-bellied sapsucker :)
    Hooray!

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  6. Ha Ha---We all will be HAPPY to send you some of our cold and frosty weather! I went out early this morning to get my hair cut --and it was COLD out there--in the 20's here.

    Great pictures of your Sapsucker… I've never seen one -so can't help you with identification…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. better than any shots i've ever gotten of them! the snow made me laugh. always want what we don't have... :)

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  8. I love you pics for the day as always, Pam! Handsome bird, which ever one he is! I could use a little of your sunshine and warm temps, too! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!
    Hugs
    Sylvia

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  9. and I am colored happy to because i am here and not in 9 degree snow and ice... we are the same as you, having Indian summer...

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  10. I have never seen that bird but it is a nice shot just the same.
    Do not be wishing for snow. Look what happened in Dallas!

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  11. Not sure, but she's wonderful no matter what kind she is! And these are great pics!

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  12. Yes, I think this is a sapsucker, female. What fun! I have only seen these a scant few times and they are always so high up in the tree, making it difficult to get good shots. I think you did good. :)

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  13. Happy dances from here. A beautiful bird - captured well. Thank you.

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  14. Dunno, but he's very cute and I admire your tenacity and talent!! And it is hot here too.

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  15. Looks like a Sapsucker to me! Great sighting and photos. If you really wanted snow all you had to do was ask. I could send you some of our snow, we have plenty here. Have a great evening.

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  16. snow twice, here at the jersey shore, more coming on saturday and i love it!!

    awesome captures, i have never seen one until now ;)

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  17. Wow. That is pretty warm. Most of the states are pretty cold and half is covered in snow. Enjoy the weather.

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  18. We had one year before last, but none showed up last winter. I had a hard time getting any photos. These are nice shots!

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  19. I love surprises! Great shots, andI will gladly send you a bit of our frigid cold, but don't have even a dusting of snow to share! LOL!

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  20. Hi Pam. Thanks for stopping by to check on me. My computer is working well now. I've just been so busy that the blog has taken a back seat. I took time to scroll through some of your latest posts. You really have some wonderful shots of the birds.
    Have a great day!

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  21. Pam, what a sweet bird. Beautiful photos!

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  22. What a name for a bird...I would have thought it was some sort of woodpecker. Your captures are so good. And I love the touch of snow. All we had here was ICE, and being a Floridian I so NOT leave the house. That is a given. g

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  23. Good looking bird! I think you did a good job. I am not sure I've ever seen on of those.

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  24. Hiding in the bushes, LOL... Now THAT's how photography is done! Yes, I think you are right about the type of bird. She is a beauty! And I am loving your new sweet header. Simple and elegant!

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  25. Oh, what a handsome bird! I have never seen one, because I live where there is snow! Great shots!

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  26. It's 23 here this morning as I read this, so color me a little envious of your warm weather. :)

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  27. Such a pretty bird! I don't know anything about identification, so I'm not sure what kind it is, but I'm sure you are right :) Love that you added a snowy effect to the photo!

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  28. Most definitely a sapsucker! Just kidding, I have no idea. I learn about birds in other people's posts. Like yours!

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