Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Woodpecker Habitat & Maple Tree

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Name: Nancy
North Texas (DFW) (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Cat Lover Houseplants Butterflies
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merkuree
Feb 12, 2016 11:41 AM CST
I live in North Texas and I have a maple tree (I believe it is a Silver Maple) in my front yard. I found a woodpecker the other day (I think it is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker) either eating sap or insects from the tree. After the bird left, I went to look at the tree and there is ring around the tree of little holes with a little bit of sap dripping. I saw it later on the lawn eating insects or eating something off the ground.

I see the woodpecker on a daily basis now (in my yard and my neighbor's yard) and I'm wondering if there is something I can do to help it's habitat. Should I be doing something to protect my maple tree after the woodpecker feeds? Thanks!

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 21, 2016 5:30 PM CST
No the best thing to do is check the Health of the tree have an arbest look at it if birds are eating from the tree it could be a sign something's wrong with it

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