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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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.