Can anyone tell me what is this on my red maple tree?

There are several places on the tree with the same markings.
can anyone tell me what is this on my red maple tree, gardening
can anyone tell me what is this on my red maple tree, gardening
  15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 07, 2014
    Are those fresh? They don't really look recent in the photos. Has there been any change in them?

  • Sheila E Sheila E on Apr 07, 2014
    My guess is a wood pecker. My poor loquats have almost been girdered by one.

  • Debbie Debbie on Apr 07, 2014
    I really think you need a tree dx

  • Looks as though you have a wood pecker going after ants or wood boring beetles often found under the bark of the tree. May have been done at an earlier date as Doulas has suggested. But the pattern of the holes indicate that a bird has been poking around for lunch.

  • Woodpecker!!! Do you hear tap, tap, tap coming from the yard?

  • Barbara Little Barbara Little on Apr 09, 2014
    I concur with the woodpecker opinion.

  • Sandy Harmon Sandy Harmon on Apr 09, 2014
    they look like older "drills" by a yellow bellied sap sucker. I have them all over my trees. Here's a pic of newer ones.....

    • Marcia Espeland Marcia Espeland on Sep 14, 2014
      @Sandy Harmon Yes, they look like the yellow bellied sap sucker. The holes should be about the size of a pencil eraser. Hang an owl or something that makes that moves in the wind in the trees. That should keep them away.

  • Patty Patty on Apr 09, 2014
    When a tree has bores often times the tree will look wet under the holes.

  • Mary Mary on Apr 11, 2014
    This is the work of a yellow bellied sapsucker. We had a pine tree that the bird worked over and it looked exactly like the marks on your tree.

  • Pam Pam on Apr 12, 2014
    Yep, Sapsucker.

  • Judy Cornelison Judy Cornelison on Apr 16, 2014
    I thought woodpecker, too. A tree in my yard has multiple holes in rows around the trunk - now I know to look for a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

  • Sherry F Sherry F on Apr 24, 2014
    Thanks everyone. At least it isn't a disease or worm that's going to kill my red maple.

  • While it may not be a disease or worm, if there are birds pecking at the trunk, they are looking for bugs that often hide under the bark. You may need to spray the tree or after a while if the birds keep having at it, it will die. I suggest you get it professionally looked at by an arborist or pest applicator that is licensed to treat shrubs and trees. A simple treatment will assure that the tree remains alive.

    • Pam Pam on Jun 26, 2014
      @Woodbridge Environmental Sap suckers are after the sap not bugs. Most trees can handle the sapping, just like getting it to make maple syrup. Chances are that if a woodpecker is after bugs in a tree, it is going to die from the bugs instead.

  • Barbara R Barbara R on Jun 24, 2014
    I had a beautiful set (3) of birch trees that a woodpecker (or another bug-eating bird) got into...after a season, bees got into it that were after the sap that escaped from the holes in the spring. Those trees died because of it. Is there anything you can wrap around to stop the birds from killing your tree? I had moved away and wasn't aware of it and then moved back to find all the damage. I hope you can save your beautiful maple tree!

  • Fenya Kashergen Fenya Kashergen on Jul 08, 2014