While visiting my brother in Madison, Wisconsin recently, we had the pleasure of watching a variety of creatures taking advantage of the maple tree in his front yard. You see, it was dripping sap, and it seemed like everyone wanted a sip. We sat and watched as chickadees, grey squirrels, downy woodpeckers, and golden-crowned kinglets stopped by for a taste of the delicious tree-juice.
We were waiting for a special visitor that my brother and his wife had seen just the day before — that famous sucker of sap, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. But the sapsucker declined to put in an appearance, so we had to console ourselves with observing the shallow holes the bird had created in the maple’s bark.
The whole affair got us pretty hungry, so after taking some pictures, it was time for our own maple sap feast — this time with highly concentrated maple sap drizzled over pancakes. I guess we like maple sap too!
Posted on May 1st, 2009 by Kenton Whitman
Filed under: Natural Phenomena