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MObirders:
I'm puzzling over the identification of a curious looking sapsucker that has 
been coming to my feeders the last day or so.  It has a uniformly dark crown 
and a rather distinct  black patch below a white throat and chin.  There is 
no red on the bird's head.  An adult female yellow-bellied sapsucker also 
frequents the feeder.  Earlier this fall I had a more definite immature 
yellow-bellied--mottled brownish head, etc.  This bird is very different 
from the imm. YB's I've seen before. I have digital photos I could send to 
Patrick Harrison for posting on the ASM website.  This may only be an 
immature female yellow-bellied in the last stages of molt but it might be a 
red-naped.  I don't often see sapsuckers in late winter here, so this may be 
no big deal.  Anyone want to take a look and offer an opinion?  If so I'll 
send the pics to Patrick.
Don Hays
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Donald R. Hays
Union, Missouri 

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