More Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Allegany State Park
By: Pat Coate
Spent a recent Saturday morning at Allegany State Park and was excited to see several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers – yes, certain brother, that is their real name. And they really are well named as a major part of their diet is sap (along with fruit and insects) and they do have yellow on their bellies as can be seen in the pictures.
The male, identified by its red throat, in the picture above shared the tree with an aggressive European Starling as shown in the next three photos.
The starling eventually chased off the sapsucker.
Female looks similar but has white throat instead of red.
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