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Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis

Common in Kittitas County in relatively open forests from lower tree line to Cascade crest. Often nests and feeds in deciduous trees within conifer zones, especially riparian corridors. Spills over Cascade crest into eastern King County, where uncommon and local at high elevation. More generalized habitat requirements than Williamson's Sapsucker reflected in more widespread distribution. Highly migratory; entire population leaves by early fall. Migrants occasionally show up in westside lowlands, most often in spring. Sometimes interbreeds with Red-breasted Sapsucker near crest.

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