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