The Daily Bucket is a place where we can post and exchange our observations about the natural happenings in our neighborhoods. Birds, bugs, blossoms and more - each notation is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the natural patterns that are unwinding around us.Seattle. December 11, 2012.
Sapsuckers are dessert, the perfect morsel when a pastry chef gets everything right. Bright raspberry red on top, bitter chocolate and cream below, fragrant with the sweet resin of sap.
There was a short period in the Forest, only a week or so many years ago, when I could count on spotting a pair of them working on the same cedar tree. Tap tap tap. Tap tap tap Around the trunk, too intent on their feeding to notice me as I drew close. I'd point them out to other walkers and was disappointed when they weren't as delighted as I was to see them.
Our local bird database, Birdweb shows them as fairly common all year round, but I've seen them rarely since that week or so in the Forest. The only time I've spotted one on a weekly bird count was in September of 2009.
Until today, when this one flew across an alley from one of the neighborhood yards, perched right in front of me on an elderly Hawthorn and commenced drilling.
He left these.
December 11, 2012. A Red-Breasted Sapsucker is present at the Old School for Wayward Girls.
Your turn. What's happening in your neighborhood, and where might that be? Everyone is welcome to join in the nature gossip.
I'll be back in the early afternoon, then out again until early evening.