One of the most common trees found in Georgia backyards is the pecan. We Georgians do indeed love our pecans. If you have a pecan tree growing in your yard, it is likely that its bark is tattooed with rows of sapsucker holes. Consequently, it is easy to believe that yellow-bellied sapsuckers dig sap wells primarily in pecan trees. However, that is not the case.
The truth of the matter is that yellow-bellied sapsuckers feed on the sugary sap that collects in sap wells chiseled in more than 1,000 trees and woody vines. This list includes the likes of hickories, birches, maples, fruit trees, conifers, and many, many others.