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#1 Hopsing129

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:29 AM

Another picture from the trip to UP of MI. It's got the big wing patch of a sapsucker but it's head looks like a Hairy WP. Both M and F YBSS have red on the head. The juvenile doesn't but it's head coloring is much more washed out. Looked at quite a few YBSS juvi pictures and none had the distinct black and white coloring. Help...again.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:32 AM

Juvie YB Sapsucker.
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:34 AM

Juvie YB Sapsucker.

Seconded.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:40 AM

Juvie YB Sapsucker.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:10 AM

I can see this as a Yellow-bellied, but I can't see it as a juvenile. Juvie Yellow-bellieds have a very protracted molt -- that's how we picked them out when they showed up in Colorado. A juvenile in July should have brown mottling on the head and upper back. I think this is an adult (or at least second year) female -- Pyle lists them as sometimes lacking the red on the crown. He doesn't say whether that's more likely in second year than later on, though.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

psweet thanks, hadn't seen that the females could be lacking the red coloration.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:20 PM

Sibley's doesn't seem to mention it, and I doubt that Nat Geo does either - Pyle's good for that sort of detail, even if it's not much use if you're out in the field.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:44 PM

I agree with Psweet that it's not a juvie (I just saw a bunch in Maine last week and they were still very brown), but I can't say I've ever seen a female lacking the red...learn something new everyday!

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