Monday, December 1, 2014 Red-breasted Sapsucker in the snow

Seward, Alaska

Seward received its first real snow of the winter, only about 3-4” in town, but an effective blanket and barrier over the green grass. I stopped by the Mt Ash tree on Fifth Ave and listened hard. 

Just above the “sooosh, sooosh” of the fat snowflakes landing on the car, I heard the soft tapping of the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER. There he was, working away in the snow, tapping from the upper branches to the base of the trunk. 

I suspect he may spend the long chilly nights in the nearby dense boughs of a large spruce tree as I have seen him fly to the tree when the magpies bother him.

Speaking of MAGPIES, Google Youtube for “Windex Magpies.” They sure look like our magpies, and are very clever!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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