I have seem the pale yellow crown here, in Miltion, and just assumed it was an immature Hairy Woodpecker. Never thought of counting toes.
On Jul 28, 2011, at 4:42 PM, Janet Watton wrote:
> Almost ready to chalk up a Lifer, examining at great length a bird at our kitchen feeder this morning. Looks like a Hairy, acts like a Hairy, sounds like a Hairy....BUT has a definite big yellow crown patch. Whaaat? And I also thought I counted three toes.
> Alas, I later found another toe, and a mother Hairy feeding this big squawky baby.
> But do immatures display a yellow patch on the crown before it turns to black? Never saw that before.
> Janet Watton
> Randolph Center