While standing outside in my front yard this morning I heard a familiar tapping noise. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in my neighbor’s tree!
Last year two sapsuckers spent a lot of time feeding on this tree, and by the end of the summer there was a young sapsucker following them around. See all of the holes? Those are made by these birds. They are called wells, and the sapsuckers suck the sap out of them.
Below is a video I took of the bird in action. As always, there are a lot of other birds singing in the background including a Steller’s Jay and an Anna’s Hummingbird.