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Finally got out of town (San Antonio area) to see some new birds (for me) in Guadalupe Mountains National Park over Columbus Day weekend..  It was hot, sunny, and windy, but the birds were plentiful.  I am still trying to figure out a few of them, including a Sapsucker, and another bird that I think might be a female Oriole, but I can't figure out which one.  The beak seems different than that of Orioles in the guides.  This particular bird feasted on berries and didn't seem to mind me snapping away from only about 12 feet.  Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas, just south of the Texas-New Mexico border.  The photos were taken on 10-11 October.  I appreciate anyone's help.  

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So glad you think the sapsucker is a Red-naped one since evidently those are much less common here.  I hadn't thought about the other being a Summer Tanager!  The female Summer Tanagers in my area do not have such contrasting wing feathers, but are an all-over greenish-yellow.  

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1 minute ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I was thinking pure yellow bellied...

No, definitely not.  Yellow-bellieds don't have red on the nape or on the breast (and neither do Red-naped) and they have a thick black border around the throat.

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2 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I was thinking pure yellow bellied...

The red covering up the black on the malar and the red on the nape are both suggestive of Red-naped over Yellow-bellied. The argument could be made for Red-naped x Yellow-bellied but I think the breast and throat pattern is best explained by Red-breasted x Red-naped

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41 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Isn't the sapsucker a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped?

 

19 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I was thinking pure yellow bellied...

 

9 minutes ago, Benjamin said:

This is pretty clearly a Red-naped Sapsucker....

Nice how every one agrees and this one.:classic_tongue:

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Isn't the sapsucker a hybrid Red-breasted X Red-naped?

If it weren't for the red nearly completely obscuring the black breast shield, this would be perfect for Red-naped. I'm with TBN, here. The back pattern should rule out Yellow-bellied x Red-breasted.

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