Two red-breasted sapsuckers communicate by knocking, it is courtship time and the woodpeckers are looking to bond for the new season.These two sapsuckers follow each other around the creek knocking on old dead snags checking” each other out.
(From Birdweb) Red-breasted Sapsuckers are similar in appearance to the closely related Red-naped Sapsuckers, but they have red heads and breasts. Their upper-parts are black barred with white, and they have a prominent white stripe across each black wing. They lack the black breast-band of the other two sapsucker species found in Washington, and they have yellowish bellies. Males and females look much alike. Juveniles are mottled brown but have white wing-stripes like the adults.
Click anywhere in the sonogram to hear the recording taken from Stossel creek.
Location: stossel creek road
Description: morning at Stossel creek
Recorder: SD 722
Mics: sennheiser mkh 40/30
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: MS stereo
Anthrophony: airplane/distant traffic
Geophony: water (creek noises)/knocking from woodpecker
Biophony: winter wren/Douglas squirrel/golden-crowned kinglet/red-breasted sapsucker/American robin/northern pigmy owl/steller’s jay/canada goose/black-capped chickadee/varied thrush
Weather: partly cloudy
Recordist: Martyn Stewart
Notes: inserted -30 db tone at beginning of the recording/ set recording level pots to 56.7db – Mic suspension with Rycote windjammer and gitzo tripod/