Through the large, kitchen window two Red-naped Sapsuckers cling to the side of our flowering pear tree, white with bloom. The male has a distinctive red spot crowning its head and along the throat. Inside I am on my cell phone but not really listening as the red-topped male and the black and white-striped female fling moss from the pear tree, looking for whatever is beneath. They do not suck sap as their name implies, but rather lick sap using small hair-like projections on the tips of their tongues. I cannot see their tongues however and have only read this. Also, they make two holes in a tree, a round one to dig deeply in the tree's bark and one rectangle-shaped to help the flow. The male frequently taps on the trim on the north side of our house, day after day during summer, although I am sure the trim holds no sap and is irritated at the woodpecker for this continual unnecessary assault. I finish my call and set my phone on the breakfast table as I continue to watch the woodpeckers, sipping my morning coffee.