Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Red-breasted Sapsucker!

Seward, Alaska

Sunrise 9:07 am, sunset 6:14 pm for a total day length of 9 hours and 6 minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 17 seconds shorter. Mostly calm, high of 50ยบ, high overcast. Rain in the forecast for the next few days.

While searching for the Palm Warbler at the Lagoon, I got a call from Ava. She had a sapsucker at close range in her yard. Had the Yellow-bellied found her place? I drove over only to see the bird disappear across the creek.
Ava showed me wonderful photos on her point and shoot of a male RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER. The yellow wash on its belly marks it as the northern subspecies, “ruber.”

Later in the afternoon, Ava called again to say she hadn’t seen the Sapsucker, but a solo female RED CROSSBILL showed up. We haven’t any crossbills for several months.

As another storm moves in from the Gulf, it may bring even more unusual birds to Seward and South-central.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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