Month of Squares

Almost at the Top

This is my day 18 contribution to Becky’s April Square Tops photo challenge.

A male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near the top of a post. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the spring.

Almost at the Top


9 replies on “Almost at the Top”

It’s a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker which is a member of the woodpecker family. So called because they peck rows of small holes in trees to drink the sap that forms and eat any insects caught in the sap.

I hazarded a guess that it might be a woodpecker based on the position it was on the tree. I watched a lot of Woody Woodpecker cartoons LOL! It is a really pretty bird.

They’re not popular with some people as it’s claimed they kill trees by drilling their sap wells but if that was the case some of the sap bearing tree species popular with them would have become extinct long ago. I suspect that some already sick trees may die faster due to sap wells but not healthy trees.

No but if they ring the trunk with wells it can kill a tree. It’s called girdling (or something similar) but my theory is that if they need that many sap wells then there isn’t much sap flowing so the tree could be sick already. They’ve been harvesting sap for thousands of years, they must know what they’re doing.

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