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  1. On 1/6/2024 at 2:19 PM, IKLland said:

    ... I still wouldn’t call this bird to species or hyrbid. Sapsucker sp for me 

    I originally reported this as YBSA / RNSA, since that is how it has been reported by most others -- as recommended by Kimball Garrett to original finder Mark Scheel.  However, I have decided to change my report to simply "sapsucker sp."

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  2. 2 hours ago, DLecy said:

    I always understood that it was within range of normal variation for a YBSA to have a few red feathers at the nape. Maybe I’m wrong about this.


    In the book "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America," regarding YBSA it notes: "a few adults show some reddish on nape."

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  3. 15 hours ago, DLecy said:

    Aside from the dark post-ocular area, this seems like a straightforward YBSA to me. Maybe I'm missing something, but I figure a plumage feature such as the dark face on this bird is within reason of an aberrant plumaged YBSA.

    I don't see anything that stands out as a hybrid, but I am happy to be wrong here. Sometimes sapsucker hybrids can be quite subtle, sort of like flicker intergrades at times.

    @DLecy > From my photos, you can't see that there are 2 or 3 red feathers on the nape.  This seems to be the main reason people are considering this may be a hybrid.  But even so, it has not been determined to be a hybrid.

    I just thought the folks here would be interested in seeing this bird and giving their thoughts on it.

    The bird was found at Castaic Lagoon (Los Angeles County) on 12-29-2023 by Mark and Janet Scheel.  Below are some checklists that have photos showing the red feathers on the nape, along with some interesting comments -- for those who are interested:

    Mark and Janet Scheel -- 12-29-2023 >> https://ebird.org/checklist/S157456112

    SVC CBC (Naresh Satyan) -- 12-30-2023 >> https://ebird.org/checklist/S157554353

    Mark Scheel -- 12-31-2023 >> https://ebird.org/checklist/S157659079

    Jeffrey and Mary Fenwick -- 1-1-2024 >> https://ebird.org/checklist/S157746890

    Chef Ito -- 1-1-2024 >> https://ebird.org/checklist/S157747926


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  4. 2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

    Get the winter wren?

    No, it was seen in the morning.  I was there in the afternoon.  There were a bunch of people staking it out.  It was finally seen again just after I left.

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