Date: 2/1/18 8:59 am From: Denny Granstrand <dgranstrand...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Is the Patagonia Red-breasted Sapsucker a hybrid?
I was in Patagonia yesterday and was given directions to the location of the Red-breasted Sapsucker. I found it quickly and got some photos. It appears to me that it is a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped Sapsucker. The red on the head is broken up by the face pattern of a RNSA showing through. A pure RBSA should be a nearly complete red head or with only touches of black or white around the eye.
Here is the link to my eBird report from yesterday:
I live in Yakima, WA. In the forests in Yakima County we frequently see mixed pairs of RNSA and RBSA. We also see the hybrid offspring regularly. I have photos of hybrids in the Sapsucker folder on my website:
Some of the hybrid sapsuckers in my photos look just like the one in Patagonia.
If you do an eBird search for Red-breasted Sapsucker photos, you will find quite a few that look like the one in Patagonia. You will notice, though, most of those photos were taken during the winter. Those birds undoubtedly were migrants from the sapsucker hybridization zone in the Pacific Northwest.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Denny Granstrand Yakima, WA dgranstrand AT gmail.com Denny Granstrand's bird photos can be seen at: