Posts Tagged ‘yellow-bellied sapsucker’

“Blue Crystal and other Discoveries

A “blue crystal” … I’m not sure what the light’s reflecting from.

This piece of wood’s mostly covered with a variety of lichens and a couple of teeny pale red mushrooms.

A yellow-bellied sapsucker went first to the pine tree. You can tell the holes they drill by the way they’re in straight and horizontal lines. Sap flows from the holes and the sap suckers feed on it.

Clouds also add a variety of their shapes

Spring’s slowly arriving, and the spiders are already beginning to work on their small

 and large webs.


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.