Birding Hot Spots

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

A few weeks ago my wife Melissa had an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) hit her office window (NW 63rd & Classen). The bird jumped to a nearby tree branch, stunned but apparently none the worst for wear—many birds are not so

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker © Patricia Velte

lucky. Although “yellow-bellied sapsucker” is sometimes tossed around as a joke among

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Hairy Woodpecker

by John Shackford

Hairy Woodpecker

The Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) is told from the Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) by having a longer, heavier bill, and an extra two inches or so of overall length. Also, there is a subtle difference on the white outer tail feathers of the two species: the Hairy has no black bars, while the Downy

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Pileated Woodpecker

By John Shackford

The Pileated Woodpecker has a name to stumble over—is it pie-lee-ated or pill-ee-ated? A trip to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary shows that both pronunciations are correct. So nobody has anything to grumble about, right? But I still prefer pie-lee-ated—the language of my youth!

This non-migratory woodpecker is big, about 17 inches long—just 2 inches shorter than the

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