Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

 Red-breasted sapsucker wells on a tan oak tree. Photo by Kim A. Cabrera. March 2002.

The photo above shows the most commonly found
sign of this bird's presence - sapsucker "wells" on a tree.

 

 

Natural History of Red-breasted Sapsuckers

 

 

red-breasted sapsucker

Red-breasted sapsucker feeding on a tree

 

Red-breasted sapsucker. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Red-breasted sapsucker drumming on a post.

 

Sapsucker wells on apple tree. Photo copyright by Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Sapsucker wells on an old apple tree.

 
 
sapsucker tending wells
A sapsucker tending his wells
 
sapsucker feeding sign
Fresh sapsucker feeding sign
 
wells created by sapsucker
Wells created by sapsucker on a bay tree
 
Close-up showing freshly opened wells
Close-up showing freshly opened wells
 
Freshly opened wells
Freshly opened wells
 
 

red breasted sapsucker in tree. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Red-breasted sapsucker in a tree bearing the scars of his well. Sapsuckers open these wells, which are then used by hummingbirds as an easy food source.
 

Sapsicker feeding high in a tree.  Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Notice the fresh openings in the tree where this sapsucker is feeding.

 

Sapsucker and well.  Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Close-up showing the holes the sapsucker has opened.

 

Sapsucker feeding from a hole.  Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

The sapsucker made a small hole then stuck its beak in to feed.

 

Claws allow the sapsucker to cling to the bark. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

These claws allow the bird to grip the bark and hang on firmly to a tree.
 

Video of red-breasted sapsucker feeding

 
 

 

Personal Notes on Red-breasted Sapsuckers

 

The bird in the photos recently returned after being away most of the winter. The holes in this oak tree had sealed themselves over and were beginning to heal when the bird returned. He immediately opened up the holes again and let the sap flow. He spends quite a large portion of his day clinging to this tree and eating from the wells he has pecked out.
 

 

 

 

 

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