Red-naped Sapsuckers of Clark County, Idaho

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Red-naped Sapsucker maleRed-naped Sapsucker male – Nikon D7100, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

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.

Red-naped Sapsucker femaleRed-naped Sapsucker female – Nikon D7100, f7.1, 1/125, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

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.



  1. Jane Chesebrough July 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Handsome fellow. Haven’t seen any sapsuckers in a long time. See signs of them on the trees but I think they are old signs. Must keep my eyes open.

  2. Utahbooklover July 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    These beautiful images remind me of the Downey Woodpeckers that often come to our suit feeder in Bountiful UT, just 6-feet away from us at the patio table — so brave, quiet, and tame.

  3. Patty Chadwick July 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you…both images are beautiful, but first is extra special.

  4. Elephant's Child July 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful birds, wonderful images. Thank you.

  5. Jolanta July 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  6. Sarah Mayhew July 6, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Beautiful images. Especially like the 1st one!

  7. Bob Bushell July 6, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Yes, that is really something, cheers Mia.

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