Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-03

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: August 2009
Time: Afternoon
Length of time observed: 15 to 30 minutes
Number: 2
Age: ?
Sex: Male
Location: Oakley, up Weber Rd., just below Smith and Morehouse Reservoir
County: Summit
Elevation: >5000 ft.
Distance to bird: Approx. a hundred feet
Optical equipment: 10 x 25 Binoculars, camera, 70-300 mm zoom lens
Weather: Warm with clear skies
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: About 8 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Red/White/Black head and Throat, black/white back and tail, chest pale
(Description:)            Bill Type: Slender Pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Red crown and throat, black/white stripes to side and back of head, light belly, black with white bars and spotted wings, more white then black flex spots on back and tail, light under tail...
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Drumming on metal fascia of roof then look quickly around and start again.
2 Seen on opposite sides of a wood pole only long enough to take a picture..
Habitat: Seen in an area surrounded by forest, pine, aspen, mixed trees and bushes.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-napped Sapsucker, red crown extends to back of head unlike the yellow bellied.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Most every summer in the same place.
References consulted:, all about birds cornell lab, Audubon book.
Description from: From memory
Observer: Lisa Lea
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 1/12/11
Additional material: Photos