|Yellow Bellied Sapsucker|
|My Beloved Loquat Tree|
If they did minor damage, I'd tolerate them because they are so personable. But take a look at what they have managed in the last couple of weeks, while my back was turned:
Notice in the closeup that there is no area with enough vertical undamaged bark left to keep the phloem moving sap. They may have already killed this tree.
I hope this is going to help it.
It reeks, too, in the most amazing fashion - part "Holiday Pine"and part "Christmas in Paris". Maybe the scent alone will drive the horrible (formerly adorable) Sapsuckers away. Heaven knows it should keep insects at bay but who knows?
Tree wrap has been ordered and is on the way.
I wonder if Sapsucker tastes like quail?