Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2004-45a
|Scientific name:||Melanerpes erythrocephalus|
|Date:||December 27, 2004|
|Length of time observed:||5-10 minutes|
|Location:||Wilson's Peach and Pecan Farms, west of Hurricane, Utah|
|Elevation:||Plus or minus 3,000 ft.|
|Distance to bird:||30-50 yards|
|Optical equipment:||10 x 50 Bushnell binoculars, plus six other binoculars of assorted makes and powers.|
|Weather:||Overcast and cool|
|Light Conditions:||Clear, sufficient|
|Detailed description of bird:||
Head was all red. Back, primary wing feathers and tail were black.
Chest, belly and secondary wing feathers were clear white.
Size was between Downy Woodpecker and a Northern Flicker.
Perched on a telephone pole in an upright position like a woodpecker normally perches. When it flew the striking black and white wing pattern
was most noticeable, and when it perched the red head was very obvious.
I heard a single call that sounded like "keeah".
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Already mentioned abov|
|Behavior:||Flying through the trees to perch upright on the trunk of a tree. Then flying to a telephone pole where it perched in an upright position.|
were they eliminated:
There is no woodpecker species that resembles this woodpecker. I recognized it
the moment I saw it fly away from us.
this & similar species:
|Have seen this woodpecker twice before out in the Uintah Basin of Utah, and also in Nebraska.|
|References consulted:||Sibley's guide to Birds of Western North America.|
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer's address:||1063 East 400 North Orem, Utah 84097|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||
Hugh Baird, Jan Passek, (National Park employee at Zion), Bob and June Childs
(Bob is a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist from Portland, Oregon
who was helping with the Silver Reef CBC), his son Bruce Childs (National Park
employee at Bryce Canyon) and
his wife (whose name I have misplaced,) also Bryce Canyon National Park.
|Date prepared:||December 29, 2004 (General Public)|
|Additional material:||Photos. Taken by another obs. in the afternoon of the same day.|
|Additional comments:||There were three other observers later that same day, one of whom as Glen Barlow.|