Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-031

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: Mon Oct 13, 2014
Time: 7:45 AM
Length of time observed: 30 min
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Quail Creek Reservoir
County: Washington
Latilong: 37.189421,-113.392478
Elevation: 3,300 ft
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: calm sunny
Light Conditions: mid morning
Description:        Size of bird: smaller than northen flicker
(Description:)       Basic Shape: woodpecker
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: black and and white with red on forehead and chin
(Description:)            Bill Type: sapsucker; long sturdy
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
white wing patch on otherwise dark wings
back is black and white with barred pattern
Red chin completely bordered with solid black border
red on forehead
White on nape (no red on nape)
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: visiting sapsucker wells on Chinese Elm. Climbing and circling larger limbs. Flitting from branch to branch seldom holding still.
Habitat: sandy lake shore with medium size trees
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
non-Sapsuckers ruled out by white wing patch
Red-naped Sapsucker ruled out by solid red chin patch and solid black border.
Red-breasted Sapsucker ruled out due to black border on red chin patch and no red on nape
Williamson's ruled out by barred back, and red on forehead
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
10 red-naped sapsuckers seen at the Lytle ranch orchard the day before.
Have seen red-breasted sapsuckers in California
References consulted: Sibley guide to birds
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Von Welch and Karen Welch
Observer's address: 11045 N. 5550 West, Highland, UT 84003
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 11/8/14
Additional material: Photos