Fledged the Nest Just in Time
Last week while hiking around Red House Lake I heard the calling of some baby birds in a tree! I watched from a distance and within 10 minutes this female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker quickly jammed her head in this hole and started feeding her young.
I returned the following morning to try and capture some pictures with better lighting. I waited for quite a while with no activity and finally give up waiting. While walking away there were some calls of babies in a neighboring tree. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker fledglings must have just left the nest that morning and was follow mom around!! It was soo cute!!
This evening I found this same branch that these birds were nesting in lying on the ground. It has only been a week since they fledge the nest and it must have been their fait to leave when they did.
Old Nesting Log Laying on the Ground.