A kind of woodpecker, the yellow bellied sapsucker harvests sap from trees for food, as well as the insects the sap they tap attracts. The holes these birds make appear as unmistakable horizontal lines of dots that can illustrate the entire trunk of a tree. They manage the trees they use, like any conscientious user of natural resources.
Summer Range: Northern North America. Winter Range: Southern North America and northern South America.
I think I remember someone being called a "yellow bellied sapsucker" in a Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny?) cartoon, but I cannot find a reference to the episode. However, when I first learned it was the name for an actual bird, I was pleasantly surprised. Someone else has to remember this cartoon... no?
The Yellow Bellied Sapsucker in these images died after crashing into a window near Michigan Avenue and 18th Street in Chicago, while migrating north, and is now in the collection of The Field Museum