**** Weekly Wildlife Thread 4-26 to 5-1 ****

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paul katinas
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Re: Swallow and Sapsucker
In reply to myssvictoria, Apr 26, 2014

myssvictoria wrote:

paul katinas wrote:

Wonderful images Vickie!

Does your West coast Sapsucker drill rows of holes to store food too?

Take care, Paul

Thanks, Paul. No, the Red-breasted Sapsucker doesn't store food that I know of. They drill holes to form sap wells where they return to sip sap and eat trapped insects. I've seen Hummingbirds frequent these sap wells.

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Thanks Vickie for the clarification and wonderful description on behavior.

Here's an image of my tree out back, excavated by a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.

Take care, Paul

Panasonic FZ18, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker holes

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