Yes, there really is a Red-breasted Sapsucker (and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, for that matter too). Sapsuckers are a form of woodpecker. There are 4 species of sapsucker in North America, the Red-breasted is the most common type along the coastal Pacific Northwest. (Inland in Washington, you are more likely to see a Red-Naped Sapsucker or a Williamson’s Sapsucker).
Instead of pecking and making a hammering noise, sapsuckers drill rows of shallow holes in trees, and then return after the holes have filed up with sap and insects. They are quiet and not as hyperactive as other woodpeckers, but given its beautiful red head and breast, the Red-breasted Sapsucker is not exactly inconspicious. Nor are they particularly shy about being spotted. These beautiful birds can be destructive since they drill horizontal rows of holes in trees, but it is easy to forget about this when you spot one of these beautiful red, white and black creatures. I have been lucky enough to see a Red-breasted Sapsucker at my feeder here in Bellingham several times.