Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker – Sphyrapicus varius – also known as Le pic maculé (French), Geelbuiksapspecht (Dutch), Gelbbauch-Saftlecker (German), Picchio ventregiallo (Italian), and Pico Chupador (Spanish).
From my vantage point, I thought this was just another Downy or Hairy Woodpecker. As I looked through my viewfinder, however, I noticed his back pattern was slightly different and his color slightly browner than your typical Downy or Hairy. As I began to shoot, he turned and looked over his shoulder revealing his red throat.
According to the Audubon Society, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker just barely makes Iowa its range, and only during its breeding phase, not during the winter months. During the winter months, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker’s range is the Southern United States. Notwithstanding the above, these photographs were taken in Iowa during the winter months, and not during a particularly warm spell that might explain their presence. Therefore, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker appears to be a year-round resident, although he is probably somewhat rare and reclusive in much of the Midwest. Photos taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens. January 27, 2007, Duck Creek Parkway, Davenport, Iowa.