A wintry mix of ice and rain was in the forecast for this afternoon, but it looked like it would hold off long enough for a quick visit to Cromwell Valley Park near Towson, Maryland.
I’m glad I decided to go, because I had great luck getting woodpeckers in front of my lens today. Yes, despite its unusual sounding name, the yellow-bellied sapsucker is a type of woodpecker.
These little woodpeckers are known for drilling sap wells into the bark of trees, and then returning periodically to feed on not only the sap, but any insects that might be around.
I had unknowingly paused in front of this little guy’s tree to be quiet and listen for a moment when he showed up to check his wells. Notice the line of tiny holes in the tree bark.
This is most certainly a male since he is sporting a red throat patch, whereas the females do not.
Note: I bumped up the color saturation in the top images as an experiment; while it does produce a more vivid image, I’m not sure how I feel about over modifying images in a blog that is part nature journal. The bottom image was cropped and the exposure was brightened a little.