How to Attract Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Ho to Attract Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker known for loudly drilling neatly organized sapwells into trees. The sapwells not only flow with sap (the sapsucker's number one dietary component) but also include insects that get caught in the sap – which in a way provides the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker with a combo-meal. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers target and nest in young trees known for their sap content – like Maple, Birch, Beech, and Hickory. They may take suet from feeders.

Overview

Identification:

  • Medium-sized woodpecker
  • Red forehead, black and white upperparts, yellowish-white underparts, male has red throat, female has white throat  

Habitat:

  • Deciduous or Mixed Forest while breeding
  • Favor Young Trees with High Sap Content - like Maple and Birch
  • Often Found at Forest Edge

Eating Habits:

  • Tree Sap – especially from Maple, Birch,and Fruiting Trees
  • Insects – trapped in the sap, taken from the bark, or caught in midair
  • Will eat Suet

Nesting:

  • Cavity Nest – usually in tree they drill for sap

Top Ways to Attract Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Maple     Birch     Beech     Tulip-Poplar     Suet

Trees that Attract Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

              Ash (Insects, Nesting)     Aspen (Nesting, Sap)     Beech (Nesting, Sap)     Birch (Nesting, Sap)     Black Willow (Sap)     Dead Trees (Insects, Nesting)          Eastern Red Cedar (Sap)     Eastern White Pine (Nesting, Sap)      Elm (Nesting, Sap)     Flowering Dogwood (Sap)     Hackberry (Sap)     Hickory (Nesting, Sap)         Maple (Nesting, Sap)     Tulip-Poplar (Sap)     Wild Cherry (Sap)

Attracting Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Suet Feeder

Feed:    Suet