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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker females - normal and unusual

 
CDMOOSE
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Apr 26, 2017 14:58 |  #1

The first photo, from a year ago, shows how most bird guidebooks portray a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, white throat and red crown. The second photo, taken three days ago shows the unusual "Black Crown" variant. I was baffled when I took her photo, so I sent it off to a couple bird experts. One, arguably the best birder in the state, is 85 years old and has been birding since he was five, said he had never seen one. He did say the current Sibley depicts it, but my older version does not. I also searched on-line and found a few other references to this plumage, but only a few. Most unusual!

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Apr 26, 2017 15:48 |  #2

That's really cool! Glad you got a shot of it.


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Apr 26, 2017 18:50 |  #3

Wow great find Al. Congrats


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Apr 27, 2017 11:17 |  #4

Beekeeper wrote in post #18339312 (external link)
That's really cool! Glad you got a shot of it.


CaptBob wrote in post #18339482 (external link)
Wow great find Al. Congrats

Thank you, Zach and Bob, for taking the time to comment. I'm trying to get additional photos of it before it freezes to death. We haven't been above 30 in several days and have had snow and a lot of wind. The bird is around, but is shivering uncontrollably to keep warm.


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Apr 27, 2017 11:24 |  #5

That's really cool, Al! Well captured, too.


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Apr 27, 2017 12:16 as a reply to CDMOOSE's post |  #6

If it does perish, you could turn in the body to a school with a study skin collection.. I'd talk to your local wildlife officer before attempting to do so, and he/she should be able to tell you where it could go, or may get someone to come get it.


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Apr 28, 2017 07:55 |  #7

Snydremark wrote in post #18340088 (external link)
That's really cool, Al! Well captured, too.

Thanks, Eric. The sun is out today, more or less, so I'm going to try again if she's still around.

Beekeeper wrote in post #18340127 (external link)
If it does perish, you could turn in the body to a school with a study skin collection.. I'd talk to your local wildlife officer before attempting to do so, and he/she should be able to tell you where it could go, or may get someone to come get it.

She would not go to waste, if the worst occurs. It was hard to watch her shiver, yet I know that's how our chickadees survive -40F nights. I suspect she'll be ok. Being a woodpecker, she has other food sources available other than sap.


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Apr 28, 2017 10:30 |  #8

Two beauties Al, & well spotted.


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Apr 28, 2017 10:42 |  #9

Very interesting, Al, and great captures too. I think I may have seen one of the second variety you pictured, I thought it was a juvenile at the time.


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Apr 28, 2017 10:58 |  #10

Joe52 wrote in post #18340935 (external link)
Two beauties Al, & well spotted.


Wallace River wrote in post #18340954 (external link)
Very interesting, Al, and great captures too. I think I may have seen one of the second variety you pictured, I thought it was a juvenile at the time.

Thanks, guys; I appreciate your commenting. It's like I have to relearn all this stuff every year. I saw the bird, knew it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, but then had to refresh my memory about sapsuckers by looking at Sibley. Then I realized that what I had was unusual. Juveniles don't sport the red crown, but then this isn't juvenile season, is it. I'm still trying to research the incidence of this color morph, but not much information is available.


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Apr 30, 2017 05:03 |  #11

Ah, score another one for Al in Minnesota! Well done Buddy, and a keen eye!


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Apr 30, 2017 07:39 |  #12

ardeekay wrote in post #18342422 (external link)
Ah, score another one for Al in Minnesota! Well done Buddy, and a keen eye!

Thank you, my friend. I was hoping she'd be back in yesterday's sunshine, but it appears she has vacated the premises.


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Apr 30, 2017 16:34 as a reply to CDMOOSE's post |  #13

Methinks you will discover something new for us all to enjoy.ߘ


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May 02, 2017 11:03 |  #14

Always cool to spot something unusual...great shots too.
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May 02, 2017 11:37 |  #15

grendel64 wrote in post #18344367 (external link)
Always cool to spot something unusual...great shots too.
Mike

Thank you, Mike. You've been gone a long time; welcome back.


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