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Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Sapsucker wells on Spruce
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius sap wells on Norway Spruce, Picea abies

Sapsuckers are small woodpeckers that primarily feed on tree sap, as well as the insects attracted to (and stuck in) the sap. They are bigger than a Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) and smaller than a Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus).

This was the first time I had seen one in my yard.