Sapsucker Evidence

I learned about yellow-bellied sapsuckers when the kids were young. The box elder tree in our front yard was young too, and we decorated it with treats for the birds every Christmas. The “menu”  included orange halves, which  attracted a sapsucker, a woodpecker.

 IMG_3489 redThat’s when I learned that they drill rows of holes in trees to get the sap flowing. They then drink the sap and also eat the insects that come to it. The ooziing holes are also a good place to see overwintering butterflies sipping sap on warm winter days.

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I have never seen a tree with anywhere near as many holes as this one!

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The rows of holes went all the way to the top! I roughly estimated the tree to be about 40 feet tall.  The tree still looked like is was alive.

I wondered if this tree was used as a sapsucker convention center.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! I’ve never seen a tree with that many holes either. Its sap must be extra sweet.


  2. It is definitely a sweet delight to them! Pretty cool find.


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