Weather: 46° at the start, warming to 57° with calm conditions.
Our annual woodpecker chase at Veteran's Park in Sylmar was a success; 6 species of Picidae found, 21 individuals in total. This is a walk where everyone can contribute and everyone did. Woodpeckers (particularly sapsuckers) can be notoriously difficult to find. But with so many eyes searching, the odds shifted a bit in our favor. Definitely the bird, or should I say "birds" of the day were two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. One of the sapsuckers, an adult female, appears to be the same bird that has been seen here the previous two winters. Our second yellow-bellied was a juvenile male. The possibility exists that this young male is the female's offspring from the 2015 breeding season. It would explain why 2(!) Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, a species that normally winters in the Eastern U.S., Mexico and Central America (see range map), are here in Southern California at the same time in the same park in the same grove of trees.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - from left: juvenile male, adult female and range map.
Photos: Greg Boreham
38 species (+3 other taxa*):
Photo: Paula Maxwell
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Northern Flicker (intergrade) *
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) *
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) *
Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel. Photos: Paula Maxwell
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