Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-038

Common name:

Red-headed Woodpecker

Scientific name: Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Date: 12-14-2014
Time: 11:00
Length of time observed: 20-30 min
Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Location: pecan grove along 920 West, Hurricane
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 900 m
Distance to bird: 25-50 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: cloudy
Light Conditions: overcast
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
After driving through the Hurricane Fields, I stopped at the pecan grove along 920 West. Soon after stopping, I heard the distinctive churr, churr call of a Red-headed Woodpecker. I eventually located the woodpecker near the center of the grove along the lane into the 810 South residence. It was clearly an immature (hatch-year).
There were several additional woodpecker species in the grove (Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy, and Ladder-back woodpeckers, and several Northern Flickers). In recent years there have been wintering Lewis s Woodpeckers remaining from December through March at this location.

Small to medium sized woodpecker with mottled dark hood (including all of head from nape to upper breast), brownish molting into red plumage, black back, black wings with large white secondary patches, black tail, white rump, and white undersides with dark mottling on the sides to flanks. Dark eye, gray feet, large pale bill, darker towards tip (but with pale tip).
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: frequently calling, "churr, churr"
Behavior: feeding on pecans in orchard
Habitat: orchard, surrounded by agriculture fields and housing area
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
very distinctive species
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12-18-2014
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: description copied from field notes