It looks a lot like a woodpecker and is actually from the woodpecker family. We have had woodpeckers here over the years. Our house is covered with cedar shingles. We have, on occasion, had an industrious woodpecker trying to peck his way into our house.
This yellow bellied sapsucker is not a friend to us or our Mountain Ash trees lining our driveway. My husband has been nurturing these trees for many years. (except for the one I mowed down when I was learning to mow on a rider mower).
This next paragraph that is named Cool Facts by someone who obviously doesn't care about our Mountain Ash trees since we feel this assault on our trees is anything but "Cool".
- The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker makes two kinds of holes in trees to harvest sap. Round holes extend deep in the tree and are not enlarged. The sapsucker inserts its bill into the hole to probe for sap. Rectangular holes are shallower, and must be maintained continually for the sap to flow. The sapsucker licks the sap from these holes, and eats the cambium of the tree too. New holes usually are made in a line with old holes, or in a new line above the old.
|Our largest tree in the line under attack|
|Yellow bellied attack|