Some time ago this bird visited my yard, and at the time I had no idea what it was except that it was a type of woodpecker. Since then I have learned that it is a red-breasted sapsucker. In the second photo you can see the light dot in front of its eye, one of the main identifying features. It also has a vertical white bar along its wing.
This fellow visited our campsite at Vernon Lake on Vancouver Island last week.
It was a treat to see him there, as they are not seen as often as the more prolific birds of the area.
Don’t you bug me while I eat,
As I’m looking for a treat,
I like insects, but as well
I make holes in trees — don’t tell!
I peck holes into the bark,
What a shame, it leaves a mark,
Not so healthy for the tree,
But provides some food for me.
Sometimes insects, always sap,
Either way it’s food to lap,
With my tongue, I slurp it up,
Better than a sippy cup.
Folks aren’t happy when I peck
In the trees, but what the heck,
Everybody needs to eat,
Tree trunk sap just can’t be beat.