Meet this fascinating and accurately-named woodpecker in my latest Environmental Graffiti article, "The Ecological Importance of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker".

"Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker" by Life Lenses
Appearance and behaviour contributed equally to the name, "Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker".

As always, this article is also publicized in my DeHaan Services blog. "Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers are Good Neighbours" adds little to the discussion; it is just another signpost to Environmental Graffiti.

Writing Tip

One of the many people whom I know from the USA was disappointed by President Obama's compromise on the August 2011 "debt ceiling" compromise. One comment compared some US politicians to yellow-bellied sapsuckers.

That made me wonder...just what is a yellow-bellied sapsucker? Does it deserve to be compared to a politician?

My writing tip is: keep your mind open to topics from a variety of sources. Usually I scan science news for unusual plants or animals; in this case a political comment triggered some research into a truly fascinating bird.

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