Sapsucker (woodpecker)

Whilst it might seem strange to hope for cold weather when you are on vacation, you will need to come in the winter if you want to see this red-headed woodpecker.  Normally it lives at higher elevations but when the temperature gets down below freezing it has to come lower down to find sap.

As their name implies, sapsuckers feed primarily on the sap of trees, moving among different tree and shrub species on a seasonal basis. Insects, especially those attracted to the sweet sap exuding from sap holes, are often captured and fed to the young during the breeding season.  Look out for its characteristic pattern of little holes in tree trunks around the property.