Saturday, September 7, 2013

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Camouflage

 Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers are a kind of woodpecker found in this area.  The young juveniles are out of their nests and getting ready to migrate to southern states soon for the winter. 

I took these pictures yesterday afternoon on a Burr Oak tree. 

The picture to the left shows how well they blend in with the bark of the tree.  They sit very still and are hard to see unless the light is behind them. 
Adult Sapsuckers peck rows of holes in tree bark and eat the sap and bugs that get stuck in it.  But this juvenile was not doing any of that behavior, and it would not work on an oak tree if it tried.

But its camouflage is working very well.

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