by Joanne

Hi, Sue... love this web site, by the way. I have a bit of a problem bird. A yellow bellied sapsucker is destroying my very expensive

Scots pines that have been growing for 6 years by drilling holes all around the diameter. I'm afraid that my trees will bleed to death. I tried tarring over the holes, but he just moves onto another tree. Any suggestions?

Hi Joanne;
I can only suggest to try feeding them so they will leave your pine trees alone.

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers like suet, doughnuts, grape jelly and sugar-water.

The yellow-bellied sapsucker prefers tree-trunk feeders in the form of small trays and suet holders. It will also come to hanging log type feeders.
So your options are;
a) put out one or more of these kind of feeders for the sapsuckers
b) keep refilling the hummingbird feeder and enjoy those beautiful -if not sometimes annoying - birds.
Good birding.

Thanks, Sue...

I was wondering why my (early hung) hummingbird feeder was going down... and I made home-made grape jelly, so I'll try that too.. they are gorgeous... I just don't want them to kill my trees... I love anything nature... I even made my
husband buy me live traps to re-locate the gophers. I make my suety always, homemade, so maybe I'll make a batch tomorrow, stuff a log. Thanks again for the good advice...Joanne

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