from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in certain trees to drink the sap and eat insects in them, especially S. varius, the common species in the eastern United States, and S. thyrsoides, found in the mountain regions of the western United States.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woodpecker of the eastern United States (of the genus Sphyrapicus) that feeds mainly on the sap of trees
- n. Any woodpecker that punctures the bark of trees and feeds upon the sap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name in the United States of all the small spotted woodpeckers: so called from being supposed to suck the sap of trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees
The individual of whom I speak is, properly, the yellow-bellied woodpecker, though he is more commonly known as the sapsucker, in some places the squealing sapsucker; and I hailed with joy his presence in a certain protected bit of woods, a little paradise for birds and bird lovers, where, if anywhere, he could be studied.
My oldest daughter who has an amazing memory for all things bugs and birds, informs me that it's actually called a sapsucker ....
Jonathan; but "sapsucker" is, in the opinion of many who have studied his ways, undeserved.
We knew him well, however -- the yellow-bellied woodpecker, or "sapsucker," as he was called in the vicinity.
Some of the more common birds are the northern pygmy-owl, olive warbler, red-faced warbler, hepatic tanager, mountain bluebird, pygmy nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, Mexican junco, Steller's jay, red-shafted flicker and the Rocky Mountain sapsucker.
Common summer resident birds include the white-throated sparrow, northern junco, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.
If we don't take heed now and prepare for the future, never mind saving the yellow-bellied sapsucker, the most endangered species will be us.
I'll answer for you -- a linguini-spined yellow-bellied sapsucker that doesn't have the guts to make a decision as to what his or her core values are.
We had a pine tree with that formation of holes, even saw the sapsucker pecking at it, and the tree died shortly after.
Would you say the damage is sapsucker on the pyracantha?