After spotting a yellow-bellied sapsucker at Peach Hill Park yesterday, I figured I would go back to the place I saw one before yesterday, Winakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. I saw one there way back in February, so it’s been a while. After eating at Pete’s Famous diner, who share the parking lot to the preserve, I saw my target. Within seconds, I spotted a yellow-bellied sapsucker, right next to my car!
As you can see from the picture, I got beautiful looks at the sapsucker. It was a juvenile, which is making me wonder if Winakee is a nesting spot for them. In February, I photographed an adult female sapsucker in the same area. Does anyone know if this is documented anywhere?
After a few exceptional photos, it flew back into the woods, and I pursued. Once there, I realized he wasn’t alone. I then spotted a second juvenile sapsucker! There were several other woodpeckers around too, including two downy woodpeckers, one red-bellied woodpecker, and two white-breasted nuthatches.
As I looked to the ground, I spotted several dark-eyed juncos, a few american goldfinches, a male eastern bluebird, and my fiancee spotted a carolina wren. This was all before starting the hike! We began to hike the main trail, but after walking about a half a mile with total silence, we turned back and ended our day. Full sighting list below (from 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm):
- Red-Bellied Woodpecker
- Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (2 juveniles)
- Downy Woodpecker
- American Crow
- White-Breasted Nuthatch
- Carolina Wren
- Eastern Bluebird
- Dark-Eyed Junco
- American Goldfinch