Monday, January 15, 2007

Red-breasted Sapsucker

This Red-breasted Sapsucker is on my walnut tree today apparently finding some sap in the small holes he's making in the bark. From this angle it's easy to see what he has in common with his eastern cousin, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


At 10:37 PM, Anonymous patrick patman at said...

I saw two recently in NW Portland, one on SW Kingston, right near the Rose Garden.

The other one I saw I thought was caching (or "uncaching") - there was a line of "holes" about the size of sunflower seeds on the tree he was eating from.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Sayornis said...

Thanks for your note. Probably the Sapsucker you saw was just keeping the holes open so the sap would continue to flow, since that is his favorite food. I've never seen or heard of a Sapsucker eating seeds, although I have read that they sometimes eat small berries. Keep watching. Maybe we'll learn something new about them.


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