The name of this species comes from the fact that they tap trees in the spring, just like humans do. The Sapsucker drills neat, horizontal lines of holes into tree trunks and feeds on the sap during the spring and summer. The alternating black and white stripes on the head of the Sapsucker create an elegant look.
Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website
This episode aired on Saturday April 26, 2014.