It was late in the afternoon when I heard that heart-sickening "thud." It's a sound like no other, varying only in intensity. A bird hitting the house. From the sound I knew it was a large bird. I quickly looked out to find it was a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Dang!
The good news was that the bird was sitting upright and was not gasping at all. She did not seem to have been injured, merely stunned.
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker recovering on the deck.
In less than a minute the bird flew into a nearby tree and sat absorbing the dwindling rays of sunshine on her body. She stayed on the tree for a few moments and they flew away.
Sapsuckers are relatively common in some areas of the NC mountains, but we do not often see them. We've never had them visit our suet feeders. So we were especially delighted that this bird recovered so quickly and without apparent long-term damage.
[So a white supremacist will be the new White House Chief Strategist to DJT. So much for bringing the Nation together.]