Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yes Virginia, there is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It's one of those names that people think they are making up to be funny and I didn't believe in them until the other day when one was pointed out to us while strolling along the boardwalk at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary with friends, Tom and Cathy.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are about the same size as the more common Red-bellied Woodpeckers. They are called sapsuckers because they drill holes in trees to drink the sap. This one is a female. The males have a red chin. Her belly looks more yellowish in person.

Meow. Catbirds really do sound like cats. There is just a small spot of red under his tail.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has found a tasty berry.

I just love the Cardinals. We don't have them in Colorado, so it's a treat when I see one. This colorful male was playing in the butterfly garden at the entrance to Corkscrew.

Bill, Cathy and Tom strolling along the boardwalk. Whether they want to go or not, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a must trip for all of our visitors.

Another must see are the adorable Burrowing Owls on Cape Coral.

We enjoyed our visit with Cathy and Tom and sure hope they come again - soon!

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