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RE: [Mendobirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker hybrid near Willits Water Treatment Lakes

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  • John Sterling
    Mike, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers from the Northwest Territories in the Liard River Valley and probably in adjacent regions have some red on the nape, so your
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      Mike,

      Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers from the Northwest Territories in the Liard River
      Valley and probably in adjacent regions have some red on the nape, so your
      bird could very well be a pure Yellow-bellied even if it had some red
      feathers on the nape.



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      From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of sizewiremike
      Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 2:10 PM
      To: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Mendobirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker hybrid near Willits Water
      Treatment Lakes





      Fellow birders,

      With the kind permision of the Willits Water Treatment Staff, I did a quick
      survey this morning of the birds at the lower lake, the stream between the
      upper and lower lakes, and the upper lake. The upper lake is the one that
      can be glimpsed as you drive along 101 south a couple of miles or so south
      of Willits. To get to the lower lake, you must drive past the upper lake on
      the gravel road that goes by a couple of homes at the north end of the upper
      lake. This road and the whole area is marked "No Trespassing" and is
      locked/gated after business hours. If you enter this area without
      permission, be sure to check in at the facilities at the lower lake. It will
      be nice for birders to be able to go in there on future occasions, so be
      sure to let the staff know you are there and get permission to look around
      first.

      The only very interesting bird was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, possible
      Red-naped Sapsucker hybrid. It was in the trees on the west side of the
      lower lake about 300 or 400 yards south of the dam, and about 100 yards from
      the west shore. This is a steep, wooded, wet slope. I heard what sounded
      like someone taking a wrench and twisting a rusty nut on a rusty bolt. After
      searching for a moment, I spotted the bird on an oak tree. It then flew over
      to a well patterned (sapsucker holes) fir tree (I believe) where I got good
      looks. It was a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker patterned neck (no red
      touching white, separated by a nice wide black band), and it had some red on
      the nape, I think, not sure.

      This area is beautiful and pristine. I saw 30 species total. I did not see
      an American Dipper in the stream between the lakes (which I know was there a
      couple of weeks ago).

      Other birds of moderate interest include:

      pair of Wood Ducks(male and female)
      Western Grebe-1
      Greater Scaup-2
      Female Belted Kingfisher-1
      Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 (heard only)
      Winter Wren-3
      Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
      Hermit Thrush-1
      Wrentit-1 (heard only)

      I will be going out on a regular basis to this area in the future, typically
      twice a month on Thursday mornings between 7:30 and noon and sometimes on
      weekends. If anyone wishes to join me, please call me on my cell (916) 214
      8623.

      Best wishes and good birding,
      Mike Curry
      Willits







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