Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 10:07:00 EDT
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From: Vicki DeLoach <VLDELOACH@AOL.COM>
Subject: Unusual FOTS sapsucker
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I've got our FOTS YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER this morning - on the same
well-drilled bradford pear that I first spot them every year.
But she has markings I've never seen before and that aren't shown in
Sibley's, and only partially in Peterson's and Stokes'. If you knew nothing about
sapsuckers you would be looking for a "black-capped" sapsucker with a short white
* black cap, with an almost tufted appearance, red towards front that's hard
* short white eyebrow (Stokes shows this on a female, Peterson's on an imm.)
* so, no white (or red) nape ... in back the gray barring just extends up to
the black cap
* barring is darker gray on sides and mid-back, lighter gray in between
* rump predominantly white with barring
Otherwise has the usual white chin of a female, white wing patch, and the
white V from bill to chest.
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