Red-naped Sapsucker in Bragg Creek

 

Red-naped Sapsucker - 2014 © Christopher Martin

It always exciting when I come across a new creature for the first time.  On the weekend, while photographing two beautiful owls, I had my first encounter with a Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis).  I’m used to seeing Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers frequently around Bragg Creek but the distinctive red patches sent me looking through my bird book to identify this new (to me) species.  We are on the northwest edge of their summer range but they are apparently quite conspicuous so I must have missed them previously.

Scratch - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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When one of the owls flew to a fence post near a stand of trees, it disturbed this small woodpecker.  The little bird started chittering away and ended up flying out of the tree above the owl and landing on a post in front of me.  He settled down and took a minute to scratch the feathers on his nape before heading across the meadow.  It didn’t bother the owl in the least but I really enjoyed the short visit.

Red-naped Sapsucker - 2014 © Christopher Martin

 

4 responses

  1. Fraz

    cool

    July 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

  2. i too like the expression and the brilliance of the complements. Happy you found a “lifer.”

    July 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  3. Wonderful photographs, and I just love his expression in the last one!

    July 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  4. Amazing and inspiring photos every time you post one. Thanks for a view of wildlife I never see!

    July 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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