In case you've been wondering where Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers get their name, this young male outside our window today has been kind enough to demonstrate:
This guy has been hanging around (ha ha) for a month or so now and he has just the most outrageously yellow underparts. At least, they're outrageous compared to all the other Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers I've seen, who -- as far as I could tell -- weren't really yellow at all. But now this fellow keeps dangling from our Red Cedar tree, eating berries and flashing us, and I keep thinking someone has colored his feathers with a highlighter. It's pretty cool!
Flash away, bird!