nesting RNSA, South Rim
1 Jul 2011, 8:39 AM,
nesting RNSA, South Rim
In early May, Pat and Ron Brown noticed a pair of Red-naped Sapsuckers at a nest cavity at the small aspen grove on the South Rim. On 11 June I observed them coming and going from the cavity, with one bird entering and remaining inside for at least 30 minutes until I left, presumably incubating. On 29 June, I returned and observed the male making repeated food deliveries (often every minute or so) to the cavity, strongly suggesting he is feeding nestlings.

Prior sources cite irregular summer records from this grove, but this is apparently the first confirmed instance of breeding.

Brian Gatlin
Grand Canyon, AZ

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