Skip to comments.Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Sighted and Recorded
Posted on 04/29/2011 12:40:16 PM PDT by Red Badger
Dr. Michael Collins, Naval Research Laboratory scientist and bird watcher, has published an article titled "Putative audio recordings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)" which appears in the March issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The audio recordings were captured in two videos of birds with characteristics consistent with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. This footage was obtained near the Pearl River in Louisiana, where there is a history of unconfirmed reports of this species. During five years of fieldwork, Collins had ten sightings and also heard the characteristic "kent" calls of this species on two occasions.
Scientists working independently in three states have now published articles that report multiple sightings of and various forms of evidence for this elusive species, which is extremely difficult to observe and photograph due to its rarity, wariness, and tendency to roam over wide areas in remote swamp habitat. The two previous articles present findings from Arkansas [Fitzpatrick et al., Science (2005)] and Florida [Hill et al., Avian Conservation and Ecology (2006)].
During two encounters with an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Collins heard high-pitched calls that seem to match the description of an alarm call that was reported by James Tanner in the 1930s but was never recorded. On both occasions, the calls came from the direction of the bird and began at a moment when the bird was alarmed. Several of these calls were captured in the first video, which received a positive assessment from an independent expert, Julie Zickefoose, whose paintings of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers have appeared on the covers of a leading ornithology journal and the leading contemporary text on this species. ...
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The ivory-billed woodpecker was thought to have duck-like flaps in which the wings remain extended throughout the flap cycle. One of the videos revealed radically different flaps in which the wings are folded completely closed in the middle of the upstroke. The images from the video show the wing motion from two angles. The photo in the upper right, which was obtained by James Tanner in 1939, shows an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in flight and contains a clue suggesting that there had been a misconception about the flap style. (Credit: Dr. Michael Collins)
Looks a lot like a Pileated woodpecker.
I like to watch Woodpeckers....
They’re great in gumbo.
Note the ‘ivory bill”.....................
In some places you could be arrested for that...................;^)
I’ve got about 5 different species that come to my feeders during the winter.
Yes, they closely resemble each other in looks.
It does alright....
I've got a few in the yard and boy do they rip the trees apart.
Those fellas are huge.
No more drilling within 1000 miles of La. That ought to just about do us in.
But they make for really skinny piano keys.
Thanks for making my day.
Damn, you beat me to it!
You have some affinity for Ivory Billed Woodpeckers or birds in general?..............
Just right for Cajun accordions................
Birds in general... my wife and I are avid birders.
Okay. On to bigfoot.
Here in Florida we have to watch birds....Just don’t look UP.....................
That guy’s a baby :>)
The ones around here run bigger than Crows. First one I saw, few years ago, I said “What the heck was that?”
(ok, not heck)
Walking around the woods you’ll see big swaths of bark on the ground - you know where Woody has been....they seem to like the garage too....
Love those guys. They always let you know when they’re around.
Yes, but the Pileated woodpecker has a black beak and has less white markings. I spotted a pair of these rare white billed woodpeckers after the hurricanes stirred up all the wildlife during the hurricanes of 2004. Cornell Lab said there were many sitings but people were too busy trying to dig out of there demolished homes to take pictures. I’m glad finally some are being documented. They are not only rare but very shy. Beautiful birds!
Goes without saying I’m big on woodpeckers...lol
Central Missouri we have some Pilated. Three times the size of the red bellied or the Downy.
I have on at a place of mine that comes to my suet feeder as regualar as a grandfather clock. 6:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm — almost every day as he works his way aroung the cove.
Never thought about that....
I think we have 2 or 3 around here.....
If my son sees this article he’ll be booking a flight to New Orleans.
We have Ladder backed, Hairy, Red Headed, Yellow Bellied, Flicker, and Pileated here. All but the pileated come to the feeders.
The red headed woodpeckers feed on the ground a lot during the summer. Seems that they love ants.
It’s great this time of year!................Not too hot or humid yet!.............
We gots lots of fire ants for them to eat!.............
If you see one on your farm or ranch don’t tell anyone because the Feds will make you cease and desist any activity that may disturb it. So you will go bankrupt and your land will be worthless.
Sort of like Odumbass is going to do to the oil drillers in TX or that stupid lizard.
Way cool, we have pileates here in Michigan and haev seen them many times on our 10 acres, just a few days ago I watched a pair checking out a tree very near the house. Hope they pick that one.
hope to see a picture.
I miss the woodpeckers that we saw around our house in the Sierra Nevada foothills. They sounded like Woody Woodpecker. I miss the great horned owls, too.
I read about the Yuroks on Wikipedia - very interesting. Is there a site you would recommend reading to get good information about your tribe?
I wish there were a way for Republicans/conservatives to reach out to the tribes. Some tribal people live on some of the most valuable land in the world, (like the land east of Pima Road near Scottsdale, Arizona). I would guess the average home price over there at $500-600K each, yet the hogans on the farmland are just horrible. Yet all the profits or subsidies seem to flow to a privileged few - probably the tribal leaders.
It’s the same thing down in Sacaton, or on the reservation near San Xavier south of Tucson... it’s disgraceful the stranglehold the libs have on these people. They need know they can succeed if they believe in themselves.
This issue bothers me a lot. I wish I knew what to do to reverse the problem. If the dems had their way, the tribal folks live the way they would like us all to live.
www.yuroktribe.org/ across the very bottom of that page is
home, culture, government, region, Maps etc. etc. You can click on any of them for info.
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