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Red-breasted Sapsucker


This info paragraph is taken from allaboutbirds.org

Red-breasted Sapsuckers eat sap, insects and other arthropods, fruit, and seeds. Their tongues are shorter than those of other woodpeckers, with brushy tips that help them lap up sap. They spend far less time drilling into wood than many other woodpeckers [do], and instead pick insects (especially ants and beetles) from crevices in the bark or from sapwells. They also fly out to catch insects in midair.

It seems as if these sapsuckers show up here around Christmas time. I did another blog post about them five years ago when they showed up in my backyard. https://wordsfromanneli.com/2016/12/17/a-christmas-tree-party/

Now, desperate for food, they must be finding what they need in the big firs in our area. I took this picture one day last week.

A day or two later, he had hit a window at my neighbour’s house. Luckily they managed to save him after a bit of R&R time in their avian intensive care unit. See the bird resting below.


All I wanted was to fly

Higher up into the sky.

Now my neck is oh so sore,

Thought that window was a door.


Giant branches of the trees,

Beckoned me to “Fly up please,

Pick these insects off my bark,

Go ahead and work ’til dark.”


But between the trees and me

Shiny glass I did not see.

Like a wall it smacked me down,

Dizzy trees spun all around.


Then a lady picked me up,

With her hands shaped like a cup,

Put me in a warm, soft box,

I was trapped, but not with locks.


Somehow I was free to go,

Once my neck stopped paining so,

With a squeak I called goodbye,

Then flew up into the sky.


Thank you, lady, thanks so much,

For your kind and gentle touch,

But remember for next time,

I prefer my glass with grime.


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28 thoughts on “Red-breasted Sapsucker

  1. That is a beautiful bird.

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  2. Such a sweet little bird, I love the poem too, Anneli! ❤️

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  3. Thanks, Anneli, for the information and the pictures. And the poem, of course. I’m happy that bird could be rescued.

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  4. They are attractive woodpeckers. I’m glad the bird was well cared for.

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  5. Aww, poor little guy. So glad to hear he was rescued and made a full recovery. They’re so beautiful.

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  6. This Sapsucker is a beautiful bird. Usually we can see many Woodpeckers around here over winter but not this year. They took a lot of trees down this fall, maybe it´s because of this. I love your poem and the pretty pictures of the bird, recovering in the hospital at the neighbors.

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    • I agree. Taking the trees down could have a lot to do with it. What would a woodpecker do without trees? Glad you like the bird and his poem. I’m so glad the neighbours care about birds and helped this bird recover.


  7. Beautifully coloured bird! The only reference I have for woodpeckers is Woodie – the cartoon, which, if anything like Taz Devil, is complete rubbish! Your lovely poem reminds me of one my father would say when I was young: “Poor little bird with a broken wing, can not fly and can not sing … useless thing aint it?”. I think your poem is much better 😀 I’m glad the woodpecker recovered from his mishap.

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  8. I have so much respect for “bird rescuers.” Wonderful “lady.’ I l love watching the Sapsucker in our area. They like the suet we put out as well. I guess we have enough “grime” on our deck door window, ’cause we’ve had few bird mishaps there. However, the other day my guy opened the front door (which has a large wreath hanging on it) and a little bird (sparrow?) flew in. Whoops. It was sheltering in the wreath. Took us a while and opening all the windows and doors (on a cold night) to help her find her way out.

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  9. I have heard of this bird, but I’ve never seen one. Thank you for the photos, and for saving the bird!

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