^A female moves along a cottonwood trunk.
^A male shows his bright red head coloration.
These sapsuckers appear in Oasis Valley mostly in April and October.
^Sapsucker-drilled holes in a cottonwood. They eat the inner bark of trees, and also feed on the sap that leeks from the holes they make. They return to the "sapsucker wells" to pick up insects trapped in the sticky sap oozing out.
Forty miles to the southwest in Death Valley, Red-naped sapsuckers Are most common in September, October, and less in November-December, trailing off in numbers through March.
They breed commonly in aspen forests of the mountains of north-central and north-eastern Nevada, and also nest in the Sheep Range and Spring Range (both in Clark County) 90 miles to the southeast of Oasis Valley. They winter farther away to the Southwest.