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At just about dusk last evening, I heard a faint tapping sound that told me a woodpecker was near.  I scouted my many backyard Oaks and Hickories and saw the small to medium-sized Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker way up on an older Oak Tree.  These interesting woodpeckers do not eat the same diet as their other woodpecker cousins, but do eat some spiders and fruits.  A main diet of these woodpeckers is the sap of the trees.  They also enjoy eating the Cambria layer of trees at times.  The particular Sap Sucker Woodpecker I saw was likely a female as I did not see any red on its face or head.  These woodpeckers have the long sharp bill.  The Yellow-bellied Sap Suckers have a beige body with grey and black checkerboard coloring on the back. These are the only woodpeckers that have a faint vertical white stripe up their sides.  They also have a very slight yellow tint to the beige or creamy white of their chest.  I have seen these birds here in my yards very infrequently and have perhaps seen five of the Yellow-bellied Sap Suckers total.  I hope you will excuse the quality of these pictures as the light was very dim as I took the pictures at about 7:00 pm.  One thing I noticed was how well the bird blended-in with the bark of the tree trunk.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy.

Comments on: "A Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker was Sucking Sap" (8)

  1. i was thrilled to see some of these guys at our place for the first time last year – and yes, drilling holes in our locust tree and sipping sap. i love their busy mottling coloration. 🙂

  2. Hi Texwisgirl, Nice to hear that you also have had this interesting visitor at your place. Have a wonderful day today!

  3. We had one for a few years and it bored dozens of rows of holes all over our beautiful big maple tree!! We had to have it cut down.

    • Hi Ginny, Oh my! I would hate to lose more trees here. I know I have already had at least one Oak die this past Winter in addition to the one that blew over. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I have been hearing the Woodpeckers doing their ‘drumming’ for the past week or two.. Today–I heard a huge drumming noise out front… I looked out and a Pileated was drumming on one of the metal power lines out front. He loved it I think –since it was SO loud…

    Glad you saw a sapsucker… I have never seen one.

  5. I have hear so many folks mention this bird, but I’ve never been able to see one myself. You were fortunate!

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