Just last month, Nathan Swick (Reservations and Memberships) walked away with the RCKI Award for spotting the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season here at the Museum. Well, Nathan’s done it again. This time it’s the coveted Sapsucker Award for seeing the first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker of the season (10/8/10). Congrats Nathan!
Nathan and I, along with Insectarium Manager, Leon Bradford, were standing near the trail-head of the Dinosaur Trail talking about the paucity of migrant birds here at the Museum on that particular day when Nathan looked up over my head, brought his binoculars to his eyes (at this point I knew something was going to happen) and exclaimed, “Sapsucker!”
I turned to look. I didn’t spot it at first, but there, way up in an oak tree was a very nice, neat and trim, male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker working its way up the tree trunk.
Last year, I first saw one of these migrant, medium-sized woodpeckers here at the Museum on October 11, but this sighting beats that by three days. There should be more to follow.
Listen to a sapsucker here (scroll down and click the audio button).
Keep your eyes and ears open!