Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-51

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: 10/22/11
Time: morning
Length of time observed: 30'
Number: 1
Age: HY
Sex: female
Location: Rio Mesa Center
County: Grand
Latilong: N38 48', W109 12'
Elevation: 4200'
Distance to bird: in hand
Optical equipment:  
Weather: sunny
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
(see photos)

Song or call & method of delivery:  
Habitat: tamarisk-dominated riparian
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
This bird was distinguished from RNSA by the following:

- primarily in juvenal plumage in late October
- no red on nape or throat (but some on crown and forehead)
- "messy" back pattern
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
fairly extensive, including in-hand experience with both species
References consulted: Pyle (1997), Sibley
Description from: From memory
Observer: Kenneth Burton
Observer's address: 816 Union St., Arcata CA 95521
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Marta Lomas Vega
Date prepared: 11/4/11
Additional material: Photos