Sapsucker Holes in My Tree

This time of year and through May, it is very likely that those rows of holes are caused by Ohio’s migratory woodpecker, the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Amanda Bennett, OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Miami County, reported sapsucker damage on a conifer during this week’s BYGL call. The holes typically appear along the trunk of a tree and are a result of the sapsucker’s feeding activity. The sapsucker pecks multiple small, but shallow, holes into the bark to reach the tree sap, which it feeds on.

After reading the above article on the yellow-bellied sapsucker, perhaps your curiosity is piqued and you are wondering if they prefer certain trees over others? Or perhaps you would like to know more about their feeding preferences in order to protect your landscape trees? Let’s dig a little deeper into the feeding behaviors of the yellow-bellied sapsucker!