Date: 1/4/18 2:43 pm From: David Irons <llsdirons...> Subject: [obol] Re: Opinions on a sapsucker
Looks like a pretty typical hybrid (RBSA X RNSA). By this date Red-breasted and Red-naped Sapsuckers should have completed their preformative molt and look mostly like adults. The red feathering bleeding into the white facial stripes is usually a good indicator of mixed parentage. The dark feathers can express both black and red pigments, but tracts of feathers that are typically white do not have red and black pigments.
I was at Brownsmead today (Waterthrush is still present) and I happened
upon a sapsucker I initially took to be a Red-naped Sapsucker. Intial
looks at the photos through the in camera viewer clearly showed red in
the wrong places for a pure RNSA. I called it a Red-breasted and moved
on. Now that I'm back home and looking at it on a larger screen I'm
thinking I may have been half right in the first place.