The first day I saw this bird out my window I was excited.
I thought, "How cool is it that I can watch a woodpecker so close?" We watched her a few days and my husband said he thought it was not a woodpecker but a yellow bellied sapsucker. (Females have a red crown but not red throats.)
After searching the internet and confirming with a few friends, I too believe it is a yellow bellied sapsucker. Have you noticed what she is doing with the bark?
I'm afraid that unless I intervene, the tree will die (many internet sites confirm this, too.) Today it was too cold. Tomorrow I hope to rig up an impressive red-neck contraption to discourage further destruction.
This bird, along with many other woodpeckers, are protected by the federal government. Do you think Uncle Sam would miss one on my street? Just kidding.