Category Archives: Bird of the Week

Bird of the Week: Red Naped Sapsucker

Red Naped Sapsucker

(summer breeding)
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Red-naped Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Size and Shape: The Red-naped Sapsucker is a medium-sized woodpecker with a slight peak to the back of the head. It clings vertically to trees giving it an elongated appearance. The bill is stout and sharply pointed.
Both Sexes
Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
Weight: 1.1-2.3 oz (32-66 g)
Wingspan: 16.1-16.9 in (41-43 cm)
Color Pattern: Red-naped Sapsuckers are black and white overall with a red cap, nape, and throat. They have a long white bar on the folded wing. A black stripe through the eye is bordered by white stripes. The belly is mottled black and white, with a dingy or yellowish cast. Female Red-naped Sapsuckers have a white patch on the chin while males have entirely red chins. Juveniles have a brown cap and an overall brown wash on their belly and head.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is not seen very often in Yellow Pine.
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Bird of the week: Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

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Mountain Chickadee
Poecile gambeli
Size and Shape: Tiny, large-headed but small-billed, with a long, narrow tail and full, rounded wings.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.3-5.5 in (11-14 cm)
Weight: 0.4 oz (11 g)
Color Pattern: Like all chickadees, strikingly black-and-white on the head, gray elsewhere. The white stripe over the eye identifies Mountain Chickadees from all other chickadees.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is in Yellow Pine year around.
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Bird of the Week White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

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White-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta carolinensis
Size and Shape: The largest nuthatch, this is still a small bird with a large head and almost no neck. The tail is very short, and the long, narrow bill is straight or slightly upturned.
Both Sexes
Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz (18-30 g)
Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)
Color Pattern: White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: This bird is seen in Yellow Pine year around.
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Bird of the Week Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta canadensis
Size and Shape: A small, compact bird with a sharp expression accentuated by its long, pointed bill. Red-breasted Nuthatches have very short tails and almost no neck; the body is plump or barrel-chested, and the short wings are very broad.
Both Sexes
Length: 4.3 in (11 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (8-13 g)
Wingspan: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)
Color Pattern: Red-breasted Nuthatches are blue-gray birds with strongly patterned heads: a black cap and stripe through the eye broken up by a white stripe over the eye. The underparts are rich rusty-cinnamon, paler in females.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Note: These birds live year around in Yellow Pine
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