Instead of a quote, today I share with you a brief clip from a 1950’s television show, The Honeymooners. Characters Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and Ed Norton (Art Carney) are meeting for lunch in the park when Ed spots a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
(Television clip found on YouTube.com)
I grew up believing that a bird with this curious name was merely fictional. To me, the name was invented by a television writer to add humor to this particular sketch on The Honeymooners.
Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I caught a shot of this bird. I had not seen it before. Imagine my surprise to learn that it was in fact a real Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Wow!
So, I guess this is what Ed Norton was looking at in the park that day with his binoculars.