The Characters

Sapsucker and downspout

A wake-up call on the downspout at 5:15 AM.

Each spring I look forward to a couple of characters to return to our yard. The first generally indicates his presence with the squeaky voice sounding like a child’s lost toy. Next, I usually hear him drumming on whatever might be the loudest thing he can find in the neighbourhood. From then on it is always the question of where he might be drumming next? This is the bird that looks like the local clown; the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


On the Barbeque.


On the neighbours old snowblower.

Sapsucker calling

Calling and drumming on the guard rail.


On his heels, he is closely followed by the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. This is another character that generally keeps us entertained throughout the summer by keeping an eye on what happens to be flowering as well as chasing and protecting “his” feeders from his completion including other males, perhaps mates and offspring.

R-t Hummingbird2

Back for the summer.


“I can keep an eye on that feeder from here.”


“Lookin’ my best!”


“Maybe if I sit here, I can keep those bums away.”

Between these two characters, we will be busy all summer.

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One Response to The Characters

  1. Sharon says:

    Love this post! A couple of great characters you’ve got there!!