[Tweeters] Red breasted Sapsucker / hole pattern on Walnut? / Caryn / Wedgwood

Caryn Schutzler bluedarner1 at seanet.com
Thu Nov 10 11:25:20 PST 2016

Hi again Tweeters,

Just went out in search of my little Pac Wren but came across while looking a RBSapsucker on a walnut tree just on its morning constitutional I think. It was interesting to study its back markings - the two rows of whitish vertical feathers and then a bar across at the tail. (Sorry for not being more scientific...) I was wondering about the horizontal barring as it sat still. The holes I noticed on the walnut, which I don't think is a bark pattern, helped camo the bird nicely.

Is this horizontal "pecking pattern" for this bird its typical behaviour or is it from another bird (which I will look up). I was trying to notice if it was creating more or just trying to save his brain today after a wild Tuesday nite?

Now with vertigo from my Sapsucker neck, I'll lower my head in a bird book.

Caryn / Wedgwood

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