Heber: YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (old sighting-12/11/2013)
26 Jan 2014, 11:25 PM,
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Heber: YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (old sighting-12/11/2013)
Sorry for the very, very belated posting...I photographed this bird thinking it to be a possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in our Heber yard back on Dec. 11, 2013, but didn't get around to look at those photos again until recently (trips to Mexico and Texas right after that sighting pushed it to the back-burner). After looking at the photos again and sending it to others, it appears that this immature bird was, in fact, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (surprisingly not the first time we've had this species in the yard over the years too!). Despite the molting feathers, the complete black border around the red throat patch can be discerned, as well as the lack of red in the nape. Immature birds seen in AZ in winter also would be this species, as immature Red-naped Sapsuckers molt prior to arrival on wintering grounds. I have not seen this bird around since, although I was gone for almost a month. See photos below.

Good birding!

Eric Hough
thebirdwhisperer22@yahoo.com


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