Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tree Watching for sapsuckers



I spent some time this morning sitting in my back yard watching our Buckthorn Sea Marina Tree. This tree attracts many bugs and birds. My purpose in watching it this morning was in hopes in getting some photos of a sapsucker that I frequently see there. My patience was rewarded and more. I discovered that hummingbirds are attracted to that tree also.And finally my wait was rewarded and a sapsucker came along.( See the sapsucker in the picture below) Notice the holes drilled in the tree. This action is characteristic of a sapsucker. They drill holes in trees to collect sap which they drink. came along. I shall have to continue my watch in hopes of getting , clearer pictures as these ones I have below show the bird behind small branches, first it was in top of the branch and then under it.
But the biggest surprise and delight to my tree watching was this: A most beautiful Mourning Cloak butterfly!The butterfly then flew through our fence and landed nearby on some dry grass.What productive enjoyment that was; sitting with my camera watching our Buckthorn Tree. I think I may try that again. Have a great day everyone! A happy Sunday to all.

3 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Tree watching turned out to be very rewarding,according to these pictures.

grammie g said...

Hi Ann... Isn't it nice to be able to be and sit where the birds are!!

I have a YBSS to, and he does those fun little holes and the MC seems to get some thing from there, perhaps sap to!!
Love your pic's !!
Grace

Kathiesbirds said...

I've been looking for sapsuckers all summer but have yet to see one!