Juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in Summit County

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Juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in Summit CountyJuvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in Summit County – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 320, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The bad weather here has given me cabin fever so last night I looked through my archives and enjoyed some images from brighter, warmer days and came across this juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker image from my first camping trip to Utah’s high Uintas in Summit County. The campsite was in a wooded area that felt peaceful, had a view of the Bear River and through the trees I could see mountain tops and fluffy clouds. The air was cool in the mornings but warm in the afternoon.

This juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker was busy foraging for insects on several trees at the camp site one day and came quite close at times. It was a lifer bird for me to photograph and even now I get excited about that.

I’m not excited by the weather outside which is cloudy and wet once again. I’m thinking of spring, more birds and camping this morning.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child February 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    What a delightful bird. And, please, send some of the cold and wet stuff over here.

  2. Utahbooklover February 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Speaking of winter blues, check out these brave little eastern bluebirds that are overwintering in SE Minnesota (Alen’s recent post) despite freezing weather:
    http://iwishicouldfly.com/iwishicouldfly/journal/html/020714.html

    • Patty Chadwick February 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      WONDERFUL! Remindsnb me of the little car in the circus that all the clowns pile out of….wish I could see how they’re stacked up inside….great link…thanks!

      • Utahbooklover February 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        You’re welcome Patty. The 5-min. video was amusing in that way. I too wondered what it looked like inside, and was surprised they would be that tolerant.

  3. Utahbooklover February 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

    This bird is new to me also, so I had to look it up to see the red nape on the adults and was pleased with what I found. Love the image and your camp site description (stirred some memories).

  4. Montanagirl February 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    That’s a really pretty bird. I have never seen one before.

  5. Patty Chadwick February 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Still a bit fuzzy, not entirely grown up, hunting for something to eat in the rough bark of an evergreen;!soft, muted green foliage in the background…NO SNOW!!! I love it!!! Even though I still find the cold, white, purity of new snow beautiful, and beautifying, I’M SICK OF THE DAMNED STUFF!!!

  6. Maria F. February 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hang in there Mia. Now that you mention, I also have to go though my old archives and make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be.

  7. Dave Sparks February 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Great pose and BG, perfect exposure. How did this stay in the archives so long?
    Dave

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