Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-010

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: March 14, 2014
Time: 9:25 am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Visitors Center Zion National park
County: [Washington]
Latilong: ca. 37.20 -112.99
Distance to bird: 10-15 ft.
Optical equipment: Leica 7x32 binoculars; Nikon 10x50 binoculars
Weather: good, partially sunny
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Sapsucker, no red on nape; red throat with complete black border--photo included
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Apparently searching for insects.
Habitat: Tree--probable cottonwood
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-naped sapsucker, which breeds in area. Please see above.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Single birds appear rarely in Santa Clara County.
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mary Jane Parrine
Observer's address: 8 Bolton Place, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ed Ehmke
Date prepared: March 25, 2014
Additional material: photo
Additional_Comments: [nnina] Accepted by ebird, which recommended I submit it here.