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Old May 30, 2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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This was my first find just after entering Loxahatchee on Thursday. Pileated Woodpecker was digging for food in dead palm branches.

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Wonderful shots.
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An alert capture and excellent documentation. Not what I would have expected from a Pileated - obviously a more adaptable species than the Ivory-billed was. Nice going.
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An alert capture and excellent documentation. Not what I would have expected from a Pileated - obviously a more adaptable species than the Ivory-billed was. Nice going.
I was fortunate to get a picture of a Pileated in a urban forest with some old growth trees this winter. Up to a few years ago, I had never seen a Pileated in an urban area...by that I mean a forested area adjacent to an urban area.

I understand that Pileated Woodpeckers seem to becoming more common in populated areas...given the availability of old growth forests in or near centers.

I have also read reports of possible sightings of Ivory billed Woodpeckers...can't recall where, possibly the Bayous of Louisiana. I don't know if the sightings were ever verified.
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Wow! Some catch, that catch! And some bird, that bird! Very well done, Ed!

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I have also read reports of possible sightings of Ivory billed Woodpeckers...can't recall where, possibly the Bayous of Louisiana. I don't know if the sightings were ever verified.
Unfortunately, there have been no verified sightings in many years. Ivory-billed Woodpeckers are like UFOs - they are never seen by reliable observers, and as soon as someone see one, they cease to be reliable.
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I have also read reports of possible sightings of Ivory billed Woodpeckers...can't recall where, possibly the Bayous of Louisiana. I don't know if the sightings were ever verified.
The ivory-billed woodpecker is alive and flourishing.....at least the business of searching for the elusive creature is flourishing. Several million of your tax dollars have been spent in eastern Arkansas on various federally-funded projects to try to confirm or deny the veracity of a film which purportedly showed one about ten years ago.

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The ivory-billed woodpecker is alive and flourishing.....at least the business of searching for the elusive creature is flourishing. Several million of your tax dollars have been spent in eastern Arkansas on various federally-funded projects to try to confirm or deny the veracity of a film which purportedly showed one about ten years ago.

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Sounds like a wild goose chase trying to track down an Ivory Billed Woodpecker.
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Hi Ed,

WOW!!! The first two are great, the last three are unreal.

Definitely in the " wish I'd taken 'em" class.

BTW, I've never even seen one of these guys.

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Hi Ed,

WOW!!! The first two are great, the last three are unreal.

Definitely in the " wish I'd taken 'em" class.

BTW, I've never even seen one of these guys.

Scott
These woodpeckers are not common...as an aside...the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker was based on the Pileated Woodpecker. Males have a red 'moustache' females don't. The subject in this fine series is a male.
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