It was a Sapsuckery trip to Montana and Idaho last week, with photographing both Red-naped Sapsuckers and Williamson’s Sapsuckers at their nesting cavities and what I believe to have been a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that I didn’t get an image of. I guess I could call it a Sapsucker Trifecta!
The male Red-naped Sapsucker above is the bird that came in to investigate the Magical Sapsucker Tree with a Williamson’s Sapsucker pair feeding their young that I posted about earlier.
I did find another nesting tree last week because a House Wren flitting about caught my eye just like in late May when chattering House Wrens clued me in on the first Williamson’s Sapsuckers excavating their nests. This time I only saw the House Wren for a second but it drew my eye to an Aspen with at least two nesting cavities in it. Seconds after seeing the House Wren a female Red-naped Sapsucker flew in with a bill full of sap and entered the nesting cavity and soon afterwards a male showed up as well. I could hear their young begging to be fed inside of the tree.
It was great fun photographing these two sapsucker species and I wish I had been able to get at least one ID confirming image of the Yellow-bellied too.