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Outdoor Hour Challenge Sapsucker Bird Nature Study

Did you hear that? Rattle, tat, tat, tat! Run, look out the window, there’s a sapsucker visiting again. I hear their tap or their call and I try to sneak a peek. There is such joy in seeing this colorful woodpecker each year, a reward for the effort put into learning about him and all the other birds that come to visit.

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Sapsucker in our yard this past April 2020.

Your family can learn about this interesting and beautiful woodpecker with this Outdoor Hour Challenge.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Sapsucker Bird Study @handbookofnaturestudyView the original challenge here: Outdoor Hour Challenge – Sapsucker.

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If you have access to the ebook, there are two notebook pages to choose from for your nature journal.

Alternate study: Take a bird walk and look especially for birds you observe in trees.

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Sample to view: Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn Nature Study 2015 Sample Pages

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  • Prickly lettuce
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  • Field horsetail
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You may want to look at the Learning about Birds ebooks for additional bird study ideas using the Outdoor Hour Challenge. There are two other woodpeckers featured in this book: downy woodpecker and hairy woodpecker.

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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Sapsucker Bird Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Sapsucker Bird Study @handbookofnaturestudyOutdoor Hour Challenge

Sapsucker Bird Study

“They are particularly fond of the sap of the mountain ash, apple, thorn apple, canoe birch, cut-leaf birch, red maple, red oak, white ash, and young pines. However, the sapsucker does not live solely on sap; he also feeds upon insects whenever he can find them.”- Handbook of Nature Study

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 74-75 (Lesson #16) in the Handbook of Nature Study.
  • Read all about the Yellow-bellied sapsucker, the Red-breasted sapsucker and the Red-naped sapsucker, noting their ranges. The Handbook lesson features the Yellow-bellied sapsucker but for those of us in the western United States, we can hope to see the other species in our location.
  • Youtube videos: Yellow-bellied sapsucker and Red-breasted sapsucker.
  • Advanced study: This may be a great bird to use as a subject for a winter bird migration project. Read more about bird migration on Wild Birds: Bird Migration.  Migration information for each sapsucker species is found at the links above.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Go on a sapsucker hunt! Make sure you know the sound that the sapsucker makes so you can listen as you take your nature walk. Also, look for signs of the sapsucker in trees. Keep up the watch for sapsuckers since they may not be our woods at this time of the year. Make this a fun outing by scouting any birds in your deciduous or coniferous forests.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry for the sapsucker. What an amazing bird! Make sure to include any interesting facts you learned about this bird along with the field marks and a sketch.
  • As an alternative, create a nature journal entry for any bird that you observed this week.
  • Start a bird life list using the printable in this entry: Bird Life List.
  • Here is some information on more ways to create Bird Nature Journal Pages.
  • Advanced study: Read this article and summarize any interesting facts into a concise nature journal entry: Master Sap Tapper.

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