Red-breasted Sapsucker Wells

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.

  1. Wonderful — and very active birds. Lots of background noise is great! Makes me feel like I’m right there watching and listening. (Although you are far better than I’ll ever be at IDing the songs).

  2. Nice post, especially the video, Mike. I did a post (7/23/09) on damage done by woodpeckers to my crab apple tree and sapsuckers to my ash tree. I am sure I am eventually going to lose both trees.

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