Birds

Sophie and Liberty come across some starlings

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

Sophie and Liberty run into a “murmuration” of starlings. I must disagree (which I rarely do) with my most excellent source Jason Kottke, the quality of this video is perfect: it’s what my wife and I would make if we kayaked out to an island and caught a murmuration of starlings doing their thing. Including the look of awe and wonder on Liberty’s face at the very end. In many ways, I like this better than a highly produced National Geographic video.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Dave shooting yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I were hiking the other day and I spotted some unusual bark on a tree. On closer inspection the bark was riddled with woodpecker holes up and down the entire tree.

The bird is a yellow-bellied sapsucker and it really likes this tree. As you’ll see in the other pictures, the entire tree is riddled with holes, bottom to top.

Dave thought this tree was close to 100 years old so this is many generations of sapsucker action on it. No other trees in the area showed this kind of woodpecker damage except two other basswood trees a few hundred feet away.

As you’ll see in the last image the tree is still living, amazingly after such a riddling with holes.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree

Yellow-bellied sapsucker holes in basswood tree