42-B-2016 Red-naped Sapsucker
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description supports identification of Red-naped sapsucker.
The field marks given fit those of the red-naped Sapsucker
I'm (sort of) convinced that this sapsucker was identified correctly, so I'll be interested to read what other IBRC members thought about this description.
Report contains scant details. In addition, I'm not sure the observer understands the location of the "nape" as their description seems to indicate they are discussing the bird's crown. If this is the case, then report does not eliminate the probably more likely Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) during Winter.
Key fieldmarks described
Description supports Red-naped Sapsucker and eliminates similar species.
The description including red nape supports the id although a description of the extent of the black throat border would have been helpful in conclusively eliminating Yellow-bellied (or hybrid with Yellow-bellied).
SECOND ROUND VOTING:
Have read committee member notes, and reread the report and stick with my “reject” vote for the same reasons as round 1.
I'm still convinced.
no change from round 1 vote
I am still convinced from the description given
See previous comments
Although description is limited I feel it contains enough to eliminate other sapsucker species. In addition Red-naped has been documented wintering at this location in recent years.
I understand Doug's concerns however the report although scant seems sufficient (I believe Jason knows where the nape is, the description is imprecise however). It's also worth pointing out the RNSA have apparently become a fairly regular wintering species in recent years in the Treasure Valley with numerous validated records in eBird (a good number with photos).