Possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V Ranch
7 Jan 2017, 4:55 PM,
#1
Possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V Ranch
Hi All-
I found a possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V ranch today. It was very close to the visitors center, just down the trail toward the Pictograph site, past the old fireplace.  

Attached are a couple of photos- let me know what you think.
Thanks!

       

Also, does anyone want to guess what this is? It was bobbing its tail while perched, and tail was longer/primary projections shorter. Sorry the photo isn't the best.


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Brian
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10 Jan 2017, 5:53 AM,
#2
RE: Possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V Ranch
I just saw this record pop up in the ebird rare bird alert, with a confirmed YBSA at V Bar V. In his photos, it looks like it could be the same bird that I saw (although mine wasn't confirmed). The observer makes a good point that red-naped sapsucker doesn't maintain juvenile plumage through the winter, like YBSA does. I found an article on the AZFO site discussing this point (see below).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33568124

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/2011/html12/..._2011.html
Brian
bhealyphoto@gmail.com
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10 Jan 2017, 8:45 AM,
#3
RE: Possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V Ranch
Got any additional shots of that Empid?

Jason
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10 Jan 2017, 6:48 PM,
#4
RE: Possible yellow-bellied sapsucker at V Bar V Ranch
I wish I did! I was trying to keep track of both the empid and the YBSA at the same time, and was also fiddling with the autofocus on my new camera, so I only got one blurry shot before it flew off. Thanks for looking!
Brian
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