Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-10

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: 11-8-03
Time: 10:00 am
Length of time observed: 3 to 4 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile
Sex: female?
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 50 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 B&L Elites
Weather: Partly cloudy
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: A brownish plumaged woodpecker.The head was brownish with the hint of two white stripes on the side of the head.The throat was a little paler looking but I couldn't see any color on it.The back was brownish with a lot of whitish markings mixed in with it.The Brownish wings had the hint of the white stripe of a Sapsucker.I didn't see the underparts well but what I saw looked a little paler than the back and wings but still brownish.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: I watched it move to a couple of different trees working on Sapsucker wells.
Habitat: Orchard in the middle of desert habitat.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
A Red-naped Sapsucker Should look more like an adult at this time of year. It wouldn't be retaining this much of the juvenile brownish plumage. I have seen Red-naped in Oct. that still showed juv. plumage on the body but the head looked more like an adult bird.

A Red-breasted Sapsucker would also look like an adult at this time of year with at least some red showing on the head.

A Williamson's Sapsucker female could look somwhat like this bird with the brown plumage, but it wouldn't have the facial markings and the
white wing stripe although faint could clearly be seen on this bird.

Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen many adult and juvenile YB Sapsuckers as well as RN and RB Sapsuckers. Also a lot of female Williamson's
References consulted: Sibley Guide
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Larry Tripp
Observer's address: 131 N. Butch Cassidy Trl. Central, UT. 84722
Observer's e-mail address: LTRIPP29@HOTMAIL.COM
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5-31-04    (General Public)
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