Thursday, June 18, 2020

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Erika and I discovered a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers feeding young in a dead tree in the Nisqually wildlife refuge on 16 June 2020. Both the male and the female made repeated visits to the tree. They used at least two holes in the trees. We heard begging young. The birds’ using more than one hole is odd. The birds are not colonial and, although trees used in previous years are reused, new nest cavities are excavated each year (Walters et al. 2020). Perhaps nest cavities can have multiple entryways.

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