Friday, 3 July 2009

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Point Pelee

The characteristic pattern of horizontal rows of small shallow holes made by theYellow-bellied Sapsucker.

These holes ooze a resinous sap which traps insects. The woodpecker can then return and feed on both sap and insects.

It is the sap from these holes which attract the Ruby-throated Humming Bird which usually migrates to this area later than the woodpecker.

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