Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

16 April

This is the migrating species of Woodpecker from our area – just arrived back in Montreal in the past few days and busily and noisily working away at our trees. For such a relatively small bird it’s pecking is extra loud – not hard to locate once he had started. This bird is a male – you can tell by its red throat. Females have white throats.

Yellow-belled Sapsuckers perch upright on trees, leaning on their tails like other woodpeckers. They feed at sapwells—neat rows of shallow holes they drill in tree bark. They lap up the sugary sap along with any insects that may get caught there.