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Sapsuckers & Woodpeckers - NV, USA (1 Viewer)

LzyPhotographer

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Taken this week at Corn Creek, NW of Las Vegas.

Figured you were getting bored, so I thought I'd try a different colour scheme for a change. ;)

Been looking at the books *and* even wearing my glasses while doing so. I came up with Lewis Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Red-breasted Sapsucker. ALL new to me!!

How close am I? And as always, thank you in advance!
Maureen


http://www.lazyphotographer.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_4513w.jpg

http://www.lazyphotographer.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_4590w.jpg

http://www.lazyphotographer.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_4571w.jpg
 

Kumlieni

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Maureen,

Nice photos! You got 2 1/2 right. Your second photo is a Red-naped X Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid. Too much red throughout the throat and extra red blotches on the cheek point towards Red-breasted. A very cool bird indeed. I'm not sure how many photos of this hybrid pair exist, but it is probably fairly few, particularly such a striking individual. Try to get more shot if you see it again. I'd love to see what the back pattern looked like.
 

JANJ

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Hello CC.

Interesting that you should mention the hybrid - which I (not knowing much about this topic, but which I find interesting) myself wondered about since it looked a bit unusual in the malar region lacking a black border and a red nape patch. Taking the image up to 300% it seems to have a blackish border at the base of the bill. The yellowish underparts and little black on the chest also seemed strange.

Some:

http://www.ohiobirds.org/news.php?News_ID=189

http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v102n01/p0001-p0015.pdf

http://www.utahbirds.org/birdsofutah/BirdsL-R/RedBreastedSapsucker3.htm

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/HybridSapsucker.html

http://www.aves.net/publications/Documentation/RNSA-notes_photo-urls.html

JanJ
 

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