Red-breasted Sapsucker

There has been a redbreasted sapsucker (or perhaps more than one) hanging around here recently. Last Saturday I photographed one on a telephone pole down on Lincoln Street. Yesterday I noticed one flying around the trees by our house (just up the hill from where I had taken the photograph), and today there was one perched on the side of the light pole near our house. A number of wooden poles show evidence of preliminary hole excavation, although none of them seem to have gone far enough for an actual nest. I wonder if it is common for them to start a hole but never do much with it.

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