Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-01

Common name:

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus ruber
Date: December 31, 2004
Time: 9:50 a.m.
Length of time observed: Observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: unknown
Sex: unknown
Location: Zion River Resort, Highway 9, Virgin, UT 84779
County: Washington
Latilong:  2, -113
Elevation: 3,550 feet
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: binoculars
Weather: Cloudy
Light Conditions: Flat
Detailed description of bird: Distinctly solid red head, white eyebrow, small patch of white underneath the eye, red breast, did not have a distinctive line like a Red-naped Sapsucker
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Foraging on pine tree
Habitat: Pines
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-naped Sapsucker - did not have the distinctive white line from under eye to breast. The observed bird's head and neck was competely red. It was observed so closely that it was unmistakable.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Red-naped Sapsucker
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds, Smithsonian Birds of North America - Western Region
Description from:  
Observer: Mark Thompson, Kristy Sholly
Observer's address: PO Box 843, Springdale, UT 84767
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: January 1, 2005   (General Public)
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