48-B-2018 Red-breasted Sapsucker

STATUS
Pending
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Kevin Gray
OTHER OBSERVERS
none
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Papoose Cr. canyon, 3 miles west of Riggins, ID
45.365/-116.171
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
steep canyon at about 2900', some rimrock, dry grass/brush and timbered stringers, deciduous riparian
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
10 minutes, cloudy, 10x42 Celestron binos. Bird perched on side of trunk, ~25 feet away/above.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, later the same day
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, during the observation
Yes, later the same day
Yes, another day after the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Dunn/Alderfer (Natl Geo) 2017, Sibley 2014, Stokes 2010
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Obvious Red-breasted Sapsucker, all-red head/breast immediately clear. Upper body side-view.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Gleaning upper branches of old apple tree; tree shows many rows of old sapsucker peckings
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
The 'smudgy' quality of the red head/upper breast in transition to the dull-colored streaking of the upper belly is what stood out most. Field guide illustrations of 'ruber' show sharp definition of the red between breast and belly, also brighter yellow/sharper dark streaking on the belly.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Only question was daggetti vs ruber. The 'fading' red to the duller streaking of the belly in the daggetti illustrations convinced me.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Have only seen a few red-breasted; more experience with red-naped and yellow-bellied.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Life-long birder, kinda nerdy about it.