The back. Is it messy? Or are those two rows of bars? No red nape.
I went on the the monthly Audubon walk at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. The leader, Linette, took us first to a pepper tree a bit in from the parking lot. There was a sapsucker moving in the branches. The sapsucker did its thing which is sucking sap as it moved around and up and down the pepper tree sticking its bill into sap wells it had made or making new ones. A Yellow-bellied or Red-naped Sapsucker? That was the question we were all trying to answer as it moved in and out of the foliage covering the trunk. Not the best views.
According to Sibley, most western birds of both species tend to have more red. And we are in the West. Can't get much further west unless its Bolsa Chica or Upper Newport Bay.
So let's look at some more pictures. It wasn't even a dark and stormy night, but they came out kind of dark.
Internet Bird Collection: Red-naped Sapsucker
High quality video.
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