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Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis

Description:

Photos 1 & 2 are of an adult with a beak full of food for the immature shown in photo 3. Hard to tell if the adult is a male or female as the white throat patch of the female is variable and sometimes non-existent.

Habitat:

EC Manning Provincial Park, BC. Beside Lightning Lake, Cascade Mountains, PNW

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23 Comments

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/648...
here is the red breasted, On territory shared with Acorn wood peckers( granary visible),nutalls,downeys,etc

Thanks Jemma. Do you have a spotting of the Red-breasted?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

this is a great catch.parent and child.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

I saw the Red Breasted recently.
Sap suckers are so vibrant in color. Very shy. Luckily i captured it in a Rangers backyard on the mountain. The oak tree in a backyard seems a host to all the wood pecker species. it was a pleasant surprise for me to see various wood peckers living side by side ,going on with their chores.

Thanks LandmarkExpert! I am going back to that spot this summer to see if I can observe these ones again!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

gorgeous. woodpeckers are awesome

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

Thanks Phillip. I love these birds.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 8 years ago

Great find birdlady! Awesome close up.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thanks, Satyen! I am so busy with my work that I do not have time to go on Noah right now. I have many spottings to post from this year. Maybe in January when all the shoppers are staying home! We have a store so very busy now!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely series!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thanks, it makes me want summer again already!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great series Kathleen!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thanks, Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Lovely capture...

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Yes, isn't it?

KdonGalay
KdonGalay 9 years ago

Lovely creature

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Great info. You are so thorough with your facts! impressive! Thanks for sharing!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Yes, that is usually the case but not with Red-naped Sapsuckers. They both have red in the same places, except that the female usually has a variable amount of white patch right under the beak and then the red throat. Some females have just patchy red with some whitish feathers in it, like this one. Could be either in this case!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

birdlady,usually in wood peckers,the ones with the red are the males. this very well could be a male.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Yes, I decided she was a harried mother racing around getting food for her young. Could be the male though!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

wow that's just lovely. beautiful bird :)

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thanks! they are a very interesting bird to watch and I love their churring vocalization.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

love these.

KathleenMcEachern
Spotted by
KathleenMcEachern

British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jul 23, 2012
Submitted on Oct 26, 2012

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