Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-01

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: Sphyrapicus varius
Date: 1/1/2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Length of time observed: 30 Minutes
Number: 1
Age: Unknown
Sex: Unknown
Location: Payson City Cemetery
County: Utah
Elevation: 5,500 estimate
Distance to bird: 15 feet from tree, 20 feet up
Optical equipment: 10x42 Swaros, Vortex Razor Scope, Canon 400 MM zoom
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 40-45 Degrees
Light Conditions: Mid Day
Description:        Size of bird: 7-8 Inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Woodpecker
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Molted Black, White and Brown on back on top of head.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Woodpecker
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Please see photos, juvenile with white stripe on wing and molting plumage.
Song or call & method of delivery: None observed
Behavior: Not bothered by small number of birders, feeding on sap.
Habitat: In cemetery on Ash tree.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Viewed for 30+ mins with a group of experienced birders, as we tried to determine if it was a yellow bellied or a red-naped sapsucker. Originally this was submitted in ebird as a juvenile red naped sapsucker based on time of year, and location though we thought it might be a yellow-bellied sapsucker due to late retention of immature plumage. After viewing the pictures in high resolution and receiving some additional feedback from ebird reviewers (Bryant and Colby), we are changing the submission to a yellow-bellied sapsucker.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley's Guide, Audubon Guide
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Jesse Lee
Observer's address: 35 E Maple Drive Woodland Hills Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Spotted by Jonah Lee, observed by Dennis Shirley, Suzi Holt, Jake Wasden, Asher Lee, Alton, and Jeremy.
Date prepared: 1/1/2018
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: Will email photos to Milton Moody.