Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker


We followed this guy around in very dark pine forest while on a hike in Yellowstone National Park for quite some time before he finally settled down for a little break. Luckily he chose a spot where just enough light was getting in through the trees to get a somewhat decent photograph of this wonderful looking bird. It was the first time we had seen a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker and hopefully not the last.

Happy Friday.

37 thoughts on “Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker

    1. Hi Andy, yes indeed patience paid off well that day. The patience was probably the result of seeing a bird for the first time and trying to get a good look. Hope you are having a great day and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  1. Beautiful capture of the legendary bird! I love that you caught the sliver of red along the throat and the wisps of lichen on the branch. Happy weekend and first day of spring!

  2. Glad bird stillness and nice light coincided for you :-). Such a lovely shot! The bird looks marvelous and the sparkly green and blue background is oh so wonderful.

    1. Hi, It was our first as well and we have updated our bird identification and now are calling this guy A Williamson’s; sapsucker. Hope you are a hiving a great day and your week is off to a great start.

  3. Well this is the first time I have seen a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker too! What a beautiful and interesting looking bird and what a great photograph you’ve taken to share with us. Thank you. πŸ™‚

    1. HI Jane, we have gotten a bit of feedback elsewhere and now we are calling this guy a Williamson’s sapsucker. Still the first one we have seen but we stand corrected on out bird ID. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    I see those here, but have never seen their yellow belly quite so well. Beautiful shot! Love the branch and lighting too.

    1. Hi and thanks, we stand corrected not eh ID as this appears to be a Williamson’s sapsucker. That explains the more intense yellow belly on the male. Hope your day is going well and your week off to a great start.

  5. The whole picture emanates.. spring! Colors and sunshine and that beautiful bird seems to start singing the next second. Is it really a “sap sucker”? Have to google that, no such birds here. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Suzan, yes it is a sap sucker. They make holes like a woodpecker but shallow holes in which they drink the sap of the trees like hummingbirds drink from flowers. This was the first one I have seen.

    1. That is exactly how I feel about that name and I probably did hear that exact phrase sometime when I was a kid and watching a cowboy or gangster movie. Hope your day is going well.

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