Knock, Knock, Knocking On Heavens Door!

Yellow bellied sapsucker juvenile

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Yellow Bellied Sapsucker ( Juvenile )

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I used to have a woodpecker called Woody, until he attacked my fiancé.

I still can’t believe Woody would peck her.

Interesting Fact: The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker makes two kinds of holes in trees to harvest sap. Round holes extend deep in the tree and are not enlarged. The sapsucker inserts its bill into the hole to probe for sap. Rectangular holes are shallower, and must be maintained continually for the sap to flow. The sapsucker licks the sap from these holes, and eats the cambium of the tree too. New holes usually are made in a line with old holes, or in a new line above the old.  ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker/lifehistory )

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15 Comments

  1. Yellow-bellied sapsucker is a magnificent name for a bird, as well as being an effective insult along the lines of lily-livered skunk.

    • Yes it is. Does lily-live red skunk actual name if so that is pretty cool. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing with us. 🙂

      • Sadly not. The terms ‘lily-livered’ as an indicator of cowardice date back to the 1600s (Shakespeare used it in Macbeth – Act 5, scene 3), but I recall hearing the expression ‘lily-livered skunk’ in a western film, probably in the 50s or 60s

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