Williamson's Sapsucker in Bishop

Observers: Chris Howard
Email: choward@telis.org
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Date: 09/10/2004
Time: 11:26 AM -0400


Seems like woodpeckers are certainly making their presence known this week, based on the past few posts. I was excited to see an adult-plumaged sapsucker at Green gate Cottonwoods this morning (7:45AM, 10 Sept) which immediatly sparked the Red-naped vs. Yellow-bellied mental debate. Then I noticed its black back with no speckling, white covert patches, a red throat up to the bill, black breast band, yellow below, white malar, and long white supercilium....A male Williamson's Sapsucker! This is the first Williamson's I've encountered on the Owens Valley floor. It was in the second cottonwood tree on the right.