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Lindo Lake Sapsuckers – TWO YBSA

Today (Sat Mar 2, 2019) on my San Diego Bird Festival “big day” tour, we just stopped at Lindo Lake after lunch and found the previously reported adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the SE corner in the big sapsucker pepper tree.

Afterwards we checked the grassy area near the playground S of the west basin and found the continuing Red-breasted Sapsucker as well as what I believe is a SECOND Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, this one a juvenile (female I presume). This second bird has a completely white throat and zero red on the crown or nape, and is retaining a good amount of the blurry juvenile plumage look on the nape and upper back.

Both the RBSA and the second YBSA were in the same tree near the fence line just W of the playground around 1:30pm (20 min ago as I type this).

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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