Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This beautiful woodpecker has been hanging out around our Hawthorn tree lately, and just today when I was taking the kids out to the car, I realized he wasn't timid in the least. I walked right up to the tree, at which point he hid from me. As I circled the tree, he did as well, playing a game of hide-and-seek.
I wasn't sure what kind of bird this was, so e-mailed the picture out to a few friends. My friend Gay responded that it is a red-breasted sapsucker. This got me to thinking about bird watching. I've always wondered what the appeal is, but now that I think about it, it must be so satisfying to find birds and classify them. I also like the idea of getting out with the sole intention of observing nature. Perhaps this is a hobby I'll save for my fifties, when life is much slower-paced.

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