Hello everyone! Here we are with yet another one of our woodpeckers, the “yellow-bellied sapsucker”. This one is just a summer visitor for us and likes to eat the sap from trees, something that makes people think they kill trees. However, that isn’t quite true. It wouldn’t work too well for these birds if they killed their food source. They do drill small holes in the trunks of trees like this one has done years ago and yet this birch tree is large and healthy. They really don’t take much sap and they use many trees in their territory to spread out their eating habits. Plus they eat insects especially during breeding time. They also provide a source of sap for other birds, such as hummingbirds. The pic above is of a female, the male has a red throat patch as well as the red cap. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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