Any birders out there? What am I?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by snugglepup, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This little fella has been hanging out on our pecan tree. I can't find him in any of my books. If it helps, we live in central North Carolina.

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  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first thought was woodpecker, but upon closer inspection, I am not sure. the red head, brown body and long beak made me think that.
     
  3. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree he's a woodpecker, but don't know what kind. [​IMG]
     
  4. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the others looks like a woodpecker, but did you check birds and bloom website? Bet they would know.
     
  5. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know this would be kinda out of season but he looks like hes young.iv googled it and searched .cant find anything on it lol
     
  6. jc12551

    jc12551 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think he might be an immature yellow-bellied sapsucker. He has the correct patches and markings, just missing the yellow belly, which immature ones do not have.
     
  7. snugglepup

    snugglepup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you may be right. My book does not show a juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker, and does not show the adults with crests up. I googled for more pics and several look like they might be our guy!

    Thanks, jc!
     
  8. sgray136

    sgray136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red-breasted Sapsucker
    Sphyrapicus ruber
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    North American sapsuckers have their own genus (Sphyrapicus), but one look at this fabulous bird is enough to explain why American bird guides group sapsuckers in with woodpeckers. Like woodpeckers, sapsuckers use their stiff tails to keep them propped up while clinging to tree bark and their bills are powerful borers. The Red-breasted Sapsucker is one of our absolute favorite birds, with his stunning crimson head and intelligent eyes. He is a birding bird, spending long moments simply observing the other bird species around him.
     
  9. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep...DEFINITELY a woodpecker.
     

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