Third Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker for Iceland

Safaspæta – Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker – Sphyrapicus varius

From early this summer a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker has been wood pecking near a summer cottage by Lake Apavatn, in South Iceland. Early in August wood pecking holes were noticed, some not new, which indicated a wood pecker in the area. However, this American Sapsucker was only noticed yesterday and identified.

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is a breeding bird in North America and has only been seen in the Western Palearctic six times now and this is the third time in Iceland. The first bird was found dead in the South East in 1961.

In 2007 a Sapsucker was spotted here in Selfoss. That was my first and my photo was actually on the cover of this book.

Extremely Rare Birds in the Western Palearctic, 2012