From Post Park, 5 miles S. of Marathon, Brewster Co.
???????? X Sphyrapicus ruber Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-breasted Sapsuckers hybridize more often with Red-naped Sapsuckers S. nuchalis.
However, there has been some great thought and comment toward the possibility of this hybrid's parentage consisting of Red-breasted, but crossed with Yellow-bellied Sapsucker S. varius. This hybrid combination is less common in simple part because the the Yellow-bellied's eastern range compared to the former's far continental western range.
A beautiful bird, regardless. We had yet to see a Red-breasted ... hybrid, and certainly wonder where it fledged.
Experienced comment and thought continue to be welcome regarding parantage of this individual.