Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm not an expert on garden wildlife like Shirl, but I did manage to identify one of several Yellow bellied sapsuckers (Sphyrapicus varius) feeding on my Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca') last weekend. Over the past few years I've noticed rows of small holes drilled into the bark of the tree. This winter the birds are working overtime, and I'm a little concerned whether the 40+ year old tree can survive the damage. You can see one row of newly drilled holes to the left of the bird's breast.