|Here you can see how extensive the red is throughout the face and throat, typical coloration for a Red-breasted Sapsucker.|
|Finally, the bird turned its head to show red color filling the entire back of the head and nape, rather than the more limited red in the nape that a Red-naped shows.|
After the count, Deb Finch and I stopped by the Amado Wastewater Reclamation Facility (i.e. sewage effluent pond) hoping that a previously reported Pacific Loon was still there. It was! For a bonus, a fellow sea-dweller was hanging out with it: a female Red-breasted Merganser.
All-in-all, not bad for a winter day of birding in southeastern Arizona!
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