Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:40 AM
This morning, I saw 2 woodpecker type birds on my back lawn, searching for food. They were larger than a robin, with a spotted belly, and black and white barred or banded back. They had a red nape (the only spot with red), and a black stripe under the eye. Another black stripe was around the throat above the spotted breast. It had a longer bill. From what I have seen on this site, it looked most like a Nuttall's woodpecker, except for the size and black stripe across the neck, and the fact it was in Saskatchewan on a September day. It could be a yellow bellied sap sucker, but the only red was a spot on the nape and not the crown or throat. The black stripe was definatly below the eye, and not on it. The bill seemed longer to me than the pic on your web site.