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A Red-breasted sign of winter’s cold

November 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

During a cold snap (21 degrees this morning in Maple Leaf) this bird is sometimes seen here instead of in the hills.

“A few birds reliably move into residential areas during the winter months” or after a snowstorm, Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound says about the Red-breasted Sapsucker.

This bird is on a Deodar Cedar at Maple Leaf Life South.

“With its scarlet hood, the Red-breasted Sapsucker is the most brightly colored of the North American sapsuckers,” the book, by Chris C. Fisher, states.

“The Red-breasted Sapsucker is one of the easiest woodpeckers to identify by sound. It often meows like a cat, and its territorial drumming sound like random Morse code.”

In Birds of Washington, author Stan Tekiela notes it is “most common inĀ  higher elevations, it is rare in residential areas or city parks.”

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