Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-62

Common name:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Scientific name: [Sphyrapicus varius]
Date: 10/26/2020
Time: 1:30 PM
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile
Location: Salt Lake City, Allen Park
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 50 yards
Optical equipment: Binoculars
Weather: Cold, clear skies, light wind
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Looked to be a Red-naped Sapsucker in juvenile plumage, until it was pointed out to me by Bryant Olsen, Kendall Watkins, and Max Malmquist to be a Yellow-bellied, which retain their juvenile plumage this late in the year while the Red-napes do not. Small red crown, grayish back with streaking.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Woodpecking high in a tree
Habitat: Wooded city park
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-naped Sapsucker: First year Red-napeds evidently do not retain their juvenile plumage this late into the year.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Red-naped was present at the park and I have observed this species before. New to the Yellow-bellied, which struck me as unfamiliar before I wrote it off as an odd Red-naped.
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Quinn Diaz
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None of these observers were present for the observation, but later assisted with ID after seeing the pictures.
Bryant Olsen
Kendall Watkins
Max Malmquist
Date prepared: 10/26/2020
Additional material: Photos
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