Stop 7 - Long Bridge / Sapsucker Tree
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Bridge 2
Bridge 2.

American elm with woodpecker pits
The sapsucker tree, an American elm with woodpecker pits.

Stop 7 vicinity

Stop 7 vicinity and directions to the next stop.

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Things to see and do at this stop:

  • Bridge 2 is quite long and winding.
  • The American elm tree is 10 paces from the entrance to Bridge 2 on the right side, real close to the railing.
  • Look closely at the tree to see the pits caused by woodpeckers.
  • There is a small ravine on the right side of the bridge.

Near the middle of the right-hand bridge railing is an American elm with orderly rows of small pits in the bark. These were the work (many years ago) of a handsome species of woodpecker, the winter-resident yellow-bellied sapsucker. This bird drills through the outer bark of a variety of trees, shrubs or vines to reach the inner bark from which it laps up sap with a specialized brush-tipped tongue. He regularly visits the wells for the sweet sap and the insects it attracts, as do many small mammals, butterflies, and other small birds such as chickadees. Apparently the sapsucker returns to the same area and reworks the same plants each winter of his life. And it announces its presence with a very cat-like mew.

Directions to the next stop:

  • Keep walking on Bridge 2 on the boardwalk after the railing ends.
  • The next stop is at the end of the boardwalk.

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