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Old 05-14-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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Help ID a Woodpecker

While I enjoy photographing birds, I am far from an expert on Identifying them. In our area the most popular woodpeckers are the Downey, the Hairy, and a few Pileated. Anyhow, I have seen this one a couple of times and it doesn't match any of the photos in my bird books or my iBirds app.

It loves to find unusual things to drum on - here is it using the metal bottom of a broken mail box; you can hear it from 1/4 mile away. It is a bit larger than a Downey, a bit smaller than a Hairy, but is the only woodpecker I've seen with red under its bill. The face striping is similar to a Pileated, but there is no tuff on the top of the head, the neck seems wrong, and it is much smaller. Anyhow, here are a couple of photos - any help would be appreciated:
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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My Peterson Field Guide suggests it might be a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Their range does include the Northeast US & Canada. They seem to have a unique red throat patch. Perhaps others with expertise will let us know.
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A Yellow Bellied Sapsucker maybe?

As usual a great picture Jon, regardless of whatever it turns out to be.
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Their range does include the Northeast US & Canada. They seem to have a unique red throat patch. Perhaps others with expertise will let us know.
North East would explain why it shows up on a very old Woodpecker fold out ID card I kept while cleaning out a box of stuff that came from a family members home (they lived in Nova Scotia).
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My Sibley Guide to birds identifies it as a yellow-bellied sapsucker, due to two ID clues: The red throat area is completely bordered with black and, of course, location,location,location - An eastern bird!
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Male Yellow bellied sapsucker it is! Great pics!

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Thanks all! That will learn me for just looking under woodpeckers & leaving out the sap suckers...
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You were right in looking under woodpeckers as YBS are in the same family-Picidae. However, woodpeckers are in the genus Melanerpes while YBS and red-napped sapsuckers are in genus Sphyrapicus. Peterson lists YBS under Woodpeckers and Allies.
Keep taking those pics!
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Smile Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

The people who answered this post are correct.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology


They make that sound called drumming to attract a mate, not just to eat bugs.
You are lucky he is only drumming on the mailbox, I met a fellow who had a woodpecker drum on his Airstream!
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Thanks all! That will learn me for just looking under woodpeckers & leaving out the sap suckers...
Hi: Jon Vermilye... That didn't take very long to "Drum up" the answer. Just goes to show the power of modern linked in communications. Nice pic's too!!!
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If a woodpecker wakes you up an hour before you intended by noisy drumming, then it's "a ****** woodpecker".
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If a woodpecker wakes you up an hour before you intended by noisy drumming, then it's "a ****** woodpecker".
You wouldn't have had that happen a time or three would you Andrew??
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LOL I hear you (or it) Andrew! I have one that has decided the flashing on the chimney of my home is fun to peck at!
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" flashing on the chimney" LOL funny.
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