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After finding a picture of a juvenile red-breasted sapsucker, and learning that these are the kind of sapsuckers that live in my area (all others are rare, or live east of me), I am quite sure that it's a red-breasted sapsucker.
Thanks JoshuaGSmith ... but after looking up sapsuckers in my area, here's what I found " The red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) is
common throughout western Washington, while the rednaped
sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) and Williamson’s
sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) are found in eastern
Washington. The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus
varius) is seen occasionally in Washington, but is native to
the eastern United States. " ... I think it looks more like a Yellow Bellied sapsucker ... which is weird ...since it's rare ... the Williamson isn't found in my area either ... but the first one is ... but it doesn't look like that first one at all ... I'm stumped .... but there are birds flying around above me with yellow bellies .. .that may or may not be the same bird
So, I recently learned that there are two thrushes that are common in my area, the Swainson's Thrush and the Hermit Thrush. The Hermit is often found in my area during the winter, and the Swainson's Thrush is found during summer. That makes sense, because the summer calls I hear are more like the Swainson's song than the Hermit's song.
Wow! I had no idea it was poisonous. We used to pull these out of the ground and throw them like spears, when I was a kid. Just today I was pulling them out and throwing them too, but not because it was a game, because they've grown into the garden. Ugh. At least they're easy to remove.