Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-03

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: 3/13/16
Time: 12:30pm
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Sex: unknown
Location: Hecla Subdivision, Moab, UT
County: Grand
Elevation: 4100 ft
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: Canon SX 40 HS
Weather: 55 degrees F
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: About 8" long
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Small woodpecker
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown, with flecks and stripes
(Description:)            Bill Type: Woodpecker
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Marked like an adult Red-Naped or Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, but brownish rather than crisp black and white. Just the beginning of red on the forehead.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Acting like a sapsucker - Pecking holes in trees, waiting for sap, then going back for the sap
Habitat: Pine trees in a residential neighborhood
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-Naped Sapsucker is the only similar species, and it was eliminated because they are in their adult plumage by the end of January, and this juvenile is still in juvenile plumage in mid-March, like a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Red-Naped Sapsuckers are in this neighborhood every spring and autumn. This is the first time I've observed a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.
References consulted: Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America,, Local birders
Description from: From: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Katie Cleveland
Observer's address: Hecla Subdivision, Moab, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 3/18/16
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: I have sent an e-mail with 4 photos attached to