Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

yellow-bellied sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

The sapsucker often prefers to nest in aspens, but can be found in a variety of species. It drills a cavity during late spring to lay its eggs, using woodchips as a nest lining. As their sapsucking, insect trapping ways won’t function during our canadian winters, the sapsucker migrates to more southern forests until spring.

The sapsucker drills these small holes into the bark of the tree, letting sap flow. They’ll set up a few trees like this, then they wait. The sweet sap will attract all kinds of insects creating an instant buffet for the hungry woodpecker. Ingenious!

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Sep
23
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn a little about the night sky and get to know a few constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing. Begins at the
Oct
15
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2:00 pm Autumn Walk in the Forest
Autumn Walk in the Forest
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Autumn Walk in the Forest @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Woodlands are wonderful places at any time of the year, but a forest in autumn is always special. There are still lots of birds around, the witch hazel is blooming, and many plants are showing