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Pam Alexandra

Meadow Vista, CA, United States


It’s that time of year here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where temperatures dipping down into the 20’s at night, bring the Red-Redbreasted Sap Sucker to my property. I typically see one drilling away on a pine tree. The apple tree in my back yard recently shed a lot of it’s leaves. I was shocked to find this guy quietly drilling away – and from the many holes and extensive damage, I realized he’s been doing it for quite some time! He was so intent in his drilling that I was able to take 364 photo’s of him from all different angles (and ended up with a few halfway decent ones). I’ve never had an opportunity like this before. Typically these guys are hidden by the branches in pine trees. They’re pretty fascinating to me, because they bore their holes quietly, unlike the wonderul noisy Acorn Woodpeckers that live year round on my property.

The Driller

Red-Breasted Sap Sucker Drilling Holes in My Favorite Apple Tree

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