- n. Plural form of sapsucker.
“Where I hunt, radio crackle is becoming as common as the jackhammer pounding of sapsuckers and three-toed woodpeckers.”
“So you don't have somebody like General Patton, who sees somebody with post-traumatic stress and says that they're yellow-bellied sapsuckers, slaps them and sends them back to battle.”
“After all, there was no chance any of the yellow-bellied sapsuckers or white-throated sparrows they were seeking would come near as long as there were four dogs around—especially four dogs who were as rambunctious as Nicolette, Frisky, Noodles, and Curly.”
“A couple more essentials for the packing list: a flashlight for the bedside table, in case you get scared and Audubon drawings on the wall of yellow-bellied sapsuckers and other birds worth sighting.”
“Also look for hummingbirds plucking insects out of spider webs, or feeding on insects trapped in the sapwells drilled by yellow-bellied sapsuckers.”
“The protection of woodpeckers and sapsuckers will also help as they feed on the worms under the bark.”
“To this list two reporters added sapsuckers among the insects.”
“Swiftly come frost and rain, and when the April suns again quicken all the surrounding vegetation into vigorous life, the victim of the sapsuckers stands lifeless, its branches reaching hopelessly upward, a naked mockery amid the warm green foliage around.”
“Then in the fall come again the sapsuckers to the tree, remorselessly driving hole after hole through the still untouched segments of its circle of life.”
“Yellow-bellied sapsuckers cross the path, flickers call and hammer in every grove, while in the orchards, and along the old worm-eaten fences, glimpses of red, white, and black show where redheaded woodpeckers are looping from trunk to post.”
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