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Woodpeckers & sap?
« on: March 09, 2009, 06:32:01 AM »
Noticed yesterday mornin' this little woodpecker (not sure what kind :P) on my maple. IT was workin' hard on 4 or 5 small holes. I thought it was going after some bugs, but as I watched it would peck alittle then drink alittle. Quite amazed how it would watch the sap beed up, then drink. I'm no expert, but I do like watchin' these little critters. Any of you fine people every see this or know why? ???   I was thinkin' maybe there is some minerials or its just "sweet" ::)
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 11:04:33 AM »
Actually think that a lot of the "woodpeckers" that people see are really "sapsuckers."  We've got both in our area.

A couple of years ago I was up cutting brush and ran into a sapsucker working on a willow.  He would tap away for a minute or two and then suck the sap up.  After a few minutes of this he would fly off a couple of feet and watch as a hummingbird would fly in and drink his fill.  I think I watched them switch back and forth for half an hour.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 11:10:02 AM »
sapsuckers are woodpesckers. what you saw was probably a yellow-bellied sapsucker.  They will peck holes, usually 4 or 5 in a horizontal line, and lap up the sap.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 01:55:32 PM »
  They really go after fruit trees around here. All of them are totally riddled with little holes by the time they get big. I would think it was hard on the trees, but they seem to survive it fine somehow. They are pretty active little guys, fun to watch around the yard.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 08:38:54 PM »
I do alot of bowhunting from treestands and have seen many times where sapsuckers or woodpeckers have made small "wells" on the top of tree limbs by chiseling out little areas to collect sap and bugs I suppose. I've seen several in a row, some old and some fresh. Mostly maples I think.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 10:03:04 PM »
if it is on top of the limb, it is probably squirrels
I've seen sugar maples where the bark on the top of the limb was chewed completely off over the years by squirrels
sapsuckers work on the verticle
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 10:07:34 PM »
I think sapsuckers are where "birdpeck" figure come from. I don't know if that is really the cause though.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 07:08:48 AM »
Them darn sapsuckers are as thick as robins around here. Four, I say 4 all at once per tree pecking away. I need a shot gun to protect my yard trees. Darn buzzards.  :D :D :D Anyone that thinks them things don't kill or ruin trees aren't infested with them.  :-X sling_shot




Quite amazed how it would watch the sap beed up, then drink. I'm no expert, but I do like watchin' these little critters. Any of you fine people every see this or know why? ???   I was thinkin' maybe there is some minerials or its just "sweet" ::)

Not only that, but bugs come to take advantage of the sap and provide a bonus meal to the sapsucker. ;) Anyone for roasted sapsucker? ;)
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 09:31:29 AM »
It's now 10:30 am and that little bugger is still picking.
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 09:46:16 AM »
alot of those sapsuckers and woodpeckers around my yard seem to explode in a puff of feathers, not cetain what causes that as of yet but it does seem to coincide with a sharp crack of noise.

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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 02:23:24 PM »
It's now 3:30 pm and he's still at that pine.  >:(
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2010, 08:31:35 AM »
I think he got a taste of hot chilli powder in veggie oil this morning.  I don't know where that came from. I seen some awful head shaking going on. :D :D :D
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 08:37:56 AM »
At least he did not explode in a burst of feathers.  Maybe he is not a Mexican bird and will move on  :).
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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 08:44:11 AM »
I think I jammed his radar, because he went head on into the picture window. :D :D


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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010, 07:16:00 PM »
They might be the cause of this...

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Re: Woodpeckers & sap?
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010, 07:51:17 PM »
 8) I didn't see him but I suspect a larger woodpecker was tapping here

 









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