You really shouldn’t be here, little Yellow-bellied Woodpecker. The sap in the trees has long since frozen, and insects are nowhere to be found on a cold Minnesota winter day.
Getting no result from drilling the tree, the bird moved on to my suet feeders, which were full of nutritious peanut suet.
After growing up in a northern Minnesota or Canadian forest dining on tree sap and insects, this bird should be basking in the warmth of southeastern U.S. , Mexican, or Central American temperatures right now.But if sap is not available (which it would be if this bird had migrated to its normal winter range), sapsuckers can subsist on suet, but rarely come to bird feeders for seed. With such limited dietary choices, it seems like a bad idea for this bird to stick around in this area.