Date: 1/6/18 4:49 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
Marlene, Good points. We have seldom had sapsuckers at our suet feeder in
winter. This year it's a different story. We've had 1 (or more) visit
almost daily during the cold snap. Best, Dave

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 7:28 AM, Marlene A Condon via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi Hayes,
>
> When it is very cold, sap stops flowing. If sapsuckers are still in an
> area, it's probably kind to help them out with suet.
>
> Undoubtedly the reason you are seeing a sapsucker so close to the ground
> this year is because close to the ground is the only possibility for the
> bird to find sap if it is moving at all.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>; Walter Hadlock <
> <jaybirdncarol...>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 3:41 pm
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
>
> This is the second winter we have had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker using a
> very large Loblolly Pine tree. It just started this winter about a week
> ago. It calls frequently as it works the tree. Last winter it drilled holes
> from about 15 feet high to about 40 feet. Smaller birds came to them also .
> This year it is drilling down to about 2 feet above the ground. The
> placement of holes is completely random. Later in the winter when they go
> to the non-native hollies, they use a waffle-shaped group of 1/2 inch
> squares. On the crab-apple tree they make circles of holes (many of them).
> My opinion is they don't need us to feed them. Hayes Williams in the middle
> of Gloucester County > > On January 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM Walter Hadlock via
> va-bird <va-bird...> wrote: > > Good afternoon, > > We are
> able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of
> woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker. > > Any suggestions on what
> we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our
> Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in
> Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it. > > It cannot manage the suet in a
> cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds. > > Thanks for any
> suggestions, > > Jay and Carol Hadlock > Herndon, VA > *** You are
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