1. abear says

    A few notes: This is the species of woodpecker that creates the sap wells that the Anna’s Hummingbirds shown several days ago drinks from when flower nectar is unavailable.
    The second shot shows the bird tasting the sap after making a hole. It apparently didn’t like the taste of that tree and left to make wells elsewhere.
    Sap wells are about 1/4 inch in diameter and are in fairly tightly, regularly spaced patches, from several to a few dozen in a group.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Sapsuckers were previously unknown to me as were Anna’s hummingbirds. It’s nice to find out about North American birds. It seems all are not just sister species to European ones (like black-capped chickadees are to willow tits), as was my lazy thought before being exposed to grackles, sapsuckers and so on. Thank you abear and Caine!

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