The sap tapper
June 2nd, 2012
My next two posts come from a leisurely afternoon hike through South March
Conservation Forest. I continue to be thrilled at the wildness and
biodiversity of these woods, which rival anything I've seen in the Gatineau.
This was the tamest Yellow-Bellied
I'd ever found. He didn't fly away as I approached, but
continued to tap away at his sap wells while I snapped pictures. Sapsuckers
are specialized woodpeckers. Those rows of small holes are his work. He'll
lick up any sap that leaks out, as well as any insects that are attracted to
Sapsuckers are considered a "keystone species", important to the survival of
many other birds and animals, not least hummingbirds. When flower nectar is in
short supply in spring, sapsucker-made wells can help tide them over.