Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)

These birds are almost always around and seem to have their favourite trees – in particular the walnut tree and a very large cotoneaster.  They will circle the trunk of the tree making small holes just through the bark and eat the sap that flows from the holes.  They are also insect eaters and possibly the sap attracts bugs. Their call sounds like a squeaky toy and they can be quite vocal when competing for a dining spot. As with most woodpeckers, you can see it using it’s tail for support and balance while pecking.

Sapsucker on a cedar which might indicate the presence of powder beetles.

Sapsucker’s have been ‘working’ this cotoneaster for years without any apparent harm to the shrub.

Sapsucker on a cedar which might indicate the presence of powder beetles.

Sapsucker on a cedar which might indicate the presence of powder beetles.


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