[birding] Yellow-breasted *and* Red-naped Sapsuckers at E.E. Wilson?

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Sun Dec 19 16:20:54 PST 2010

Hi all,

Tim Rodenkirk from Coos Bay was out at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area on
Friday and saw what he was pretty sure was a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER in the
area ENE of HQ, as well as the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER which was in its
semi-usual area near the residence just south of HQ. Below are the
description and directions that Tim sent me today. 

Interpreting Tim's description of the place where he saw it, the
apparent Red-naped Sapsucker was around the start of the Nature Trail
that leads to the Angling Pond, north of the gamebird display pens and
the guest hosts' camping place-- first in the scruffy apple & maple
trees that are just east of the big old oak with the interpretive sign
about the former town of Wells(dale), then in the stand of tall
cottonwoods that are to the right-hand side in the first 50 yards of the
Nature Trail.

I went out there for a couple of hours this afternoon and wandered
around the vicinity in rain & drizzle, but didn't see or her any
sapsuckers at all. I did enjoy a flyover of a calling PILEATED
WOODPECKER toward the end of my vigil, plus a couple of Downies. Might
be worth checking back another day in better weather.

The sunflower patch by HQ was full of sparrows when the rain eased up as
I was heading home. A ratty-looking accipiter (a big sharpie I think,
but I was too focused on trying to figure out if it had more than a
half-dozen feathers on its right wing, than on the ID) had just flown
over and the response of the sparrow flock was to sit up on the
sunflowers. There was a junco or some type of sparrow on practically
every 3rd or 4th stem as I scanned back & forth -- probably 150 all
sitting up at once. I counted 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in the bunch,
and picked out one female SLATE-COLORED JUNCO which is the first one
that I've seen locally. At least 100 Oregon Juncos, 40 Golden-crowneds,
a few Sooty Fox & Song, and one Lincoln's Sparrow, plus a single
Black-capped Chickadee that was somehow mixed up in the bunch.

Happy birding,

P.S. These Coos Co. birders are getting to be a pain ;-) Last year Russ
Namitz came up here, spent half an hour birding, and told us there was
not just one, but two Spizella sparrows in that sparrow patch -- a
Clay-colored and a Chipping Sparrow. Now Mr. Rodenkirk tells us we have
two rare sapsuckers, not just one.

On Sun, 2010-12-19 at 10:23 -0800, Tim Rodenkirk wrote:
> Joel,
> This looked nothing at all like a RBSA or a hybrid.  It seemed to be
> an adult, I saw the red on its nape and it had a face pattern very
> similar to a YBSA but of course the back was all wrong, being black
> with two distinct rows of white bars.  I didn't get a look at its
> throat area to sex it.  I found it at the road that goes north from
> the WW II Memorial at the first cross intersection (I walked north of
> EE Wilson Hdqs. then turned right at the first intersection and walked
> east to get to this point).  It flew from somewhere (?) into some
> small shrubby trees on the SE corner of the intersection, let me see
> it for a few seconds, then flew further east a few hundred feet and
> disappeared into a jumble of vegetation. Before I could refind it
> again, it suddenly flew north across the road and high up into some
> cottonwoods.  There is a trail that takes off here with the tall
> cottonwoods on the right side of the trail, I walked up that a ways
> but could not refind the bird.  I didn't spend too much time with it
> as I was there for the YBSA and didn't want to get sidetracked.  I
> found the YBSA south of the Camp Adair Road directly south of the EE
> Wilson entrance in the yard of the residence there.  I accessed the
> area by ducking under the gated road and walking south along it.  The
> YBSA was in a hardwood patch south and west of the residence directly
> adjacent to the road.  It then flew off east into the yard where I
> lost it.  I never did see it on or near the large walnut tree that you
> mentioned it had been frequenting on the north side of Camp Adair
> Road.
> I hope these instructions help, feel free to ask for more details or
> share it with anyone interested in chasing the bird.  I have never
> seen either species in Coos County!!
> Merry happy,
> Tim
> ______________________________________________________________________
> From: Joel Geier <joel.geier at peak.org>
> To: Tim Rodenkirk <garbledmodwit at yahoo.com>
> Sent: Sun, December 19, 2010 9:18:26 AM
> Subject: Re: [OBOL] Yellow-breasted Sapsucker at E.E. Wilson, and
> Jackson Bottoms Wetland
> Hi Tim,
> Haven't seen any reports of a RNSA. I haven't been out much there in
> the past couple of months except for that walk around with Wink Gross
> & Andy Frank last week. I don't think many others have been patrolling
> that area. There's usually one or two RBSAs right around the Memorial
> Park in the winter and sometimes a dagetti, but no RNSA reports in the
> past 5-6 years. I might have a little time to look around later today
> or tomorrow AM.
> Thanks,
> Joel
> On Sat, 2010-12-18 at 23:22 -0800, Tim Rodenkirk wrote: 
> > Joel, 
> > 
> > 
> > I was out there this past Friday and eventually saw the YBSA south
> > of the main road on the west side of the residence there. Earlier on
> > I was east of Hdqs. near just north of the memorial area and I saw
> > what I am pretty sure was a Red-naped Sapsucker (which really
> > confused me at the time; no sign of it being a hybrid as far as I
> > could tell).  Has anyone else reported a Red-naped out there?  I can
> > certainly give you more specific instructions if you'd like. 
> > 
> > 
> > Tim 

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