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Unusual Sapsucker

Since April 25, we've had a sapsucker on our property near Novar which seems to exhibit intermediate traits between Red-naped and Yellow-bellied, namely broken (or close to) black border on red neck patch, darker than Y-B dorsal area and of course, a red nape. Behaviour, call, drum pattern are consistent with Y-B. From my research, sightings in Ontario are almost nonexistent; there was a hybrid netted at Long Point in 2010, and sightings in upper New York State in 2016. A Red-naped was reported on the north shore of Lake Superior in '93, I think, and not accepted by the OBRC. Sibley says that Y-Bs sometimes exhibit a red nape, but it seems like the reality is that there is a spectrum of hybrid individuals showing a range of field marks.

Thanks in advance if you have thoughts and additional info to share.



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