Date: 4/3/21 7:22 am
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sapsuckers
I have a sugar maple that the sapsuckers hit hard. They seem to ignore
nearby norway maples...
On Sat, Apr 3, 2021 at 10:06 AM Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...>
wrote:

> Since the first sapsucker arrived on Wednesday it has been joined by
> several others. Yesterday I had two in the same tree along with a
> red-bellied and hairy woodpecker. One of the sapsuckers is already getting
> down to business as I saw him starting to excavate the first cavity in an
> aspen this morning.
> Over the years I have kept watch on several large basswood trees and am
> impressed how heavily they are drilled for sap. Some of these trees have
> been used for many years and bare the scars of repeated drilling for sap
> wells.
>
> Basswood has a thin bark and is easy to peck into, but so are several other
> species of trees. Maples have a similar bark and produce an abundant
> quantity of sweet sap which humans have known about for a very long time.
> But is it simply that the maple sap has largely stopped flowing by the time
> sapsuckers arrive that they seek out other trees?
>
> I also have seen sapsuckers tap ironwood trees. These produce a vivid pink
> to orange sap that clearly indicates that they have been drilled into. I
> know that at times fruit trees and even some evergreens are tapped by
> sapsuckers, but there seems to be a preference for a select variety of
> hardwoods at this time of year.
>
> Bill Volkert
> FdL Co
>
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