Ultimate Ticks and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers

To: "Bob Dawson" <>, <>
Subject: Ultimate Ticks and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 12:34:53 +1100
G'day all
Rediscovery would be a very nice. Perhaps even more so than discovery.
Without wishing to rain on anyone's parade, there is now considerable doubt about the veracity of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting, with most experts agreeing that the bird in the footage is a similar woodpecker; the Pileated Woodpecker. That much publicised footage, taken last year, provides the only images which exist of what is supposedly the IB Woodpecker. The only other evidence is a particular style of "double knock" (on tree trunks)which is peculiar to that species in that locality. Problem is, two other creatures could make a knocking sound almost simultaneoulsy, thus producing the "double knock". Even trees rubbing together could do so.
I have been following some more recent claims of IB Woodpecker sightings which somebody is posting on a North American list of late but this person has failed to come up with any recordings, images or verification from other parties and will not divulge the exact location (understandable perhaps). Many people in the States agree that there is a reasonably strong chance of IB Woodpeckers remaining in small enclaves around Virginia and Louisiana, possibly even Florida too, but to date, nobody has yet come up with absolute proof. It's all a little like our Tassie Tiger.
Keep in mind that the operation to find the IB Woodpecker is code-named "Operation Elvis". Here's hoping and . . .
Happy birding
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