I'd always wondered what such a strangely-named bird would look like. Yesterday morning, one showed up to suck the sap out of our poor drought-stressed tree. Sort of a pretty bird (the cat definitely thought so...). After he was gone, I examined the rows of tap-holes he had drilled in the tree, and discovered other rows from other years. Apparently our little tree is some sort of known stopover on the sap-bar circuit. What the tree thinks about all this, I don't know, and I don't know what the tree could do to change things. I guess it should have thought about it before it decided to be a tree.
For an in-depth study of sapsucker damage to trees, click here.
For up-to-date information about hybridization among various sapsucker species click here.
Perhaps we will change the name of this page to "Sapsucker Central"!
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