Saturday, December 16, 2006

More Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Sightings in Arkansas

Posted By on Sat, Dec 16, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Associated Press is reporting that two Arkansas men, Kip Davis and Jay Robison, saw what they believed was an ivory-billed woodpecker on Thursday.

Davis, the city planner for McCrory, Arkansas, and Robison, who works for the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, said Friday they were driving near Cotton Plant, Arkansas, when a female ivory-billed swooped in the sky behind an oncoming truck.

"I saw something come off the tree, like the truck has spooked it," Davis said in a telephone interview from his office in McCrory. "It came by again and it had its wing span out and it just kind of glided back into the woods, and I said 'Is that what I think it is?'"

Davis, who has attended workshops about identifying the ivory-billed woodpecker, said he and Robison believe it was a female because the bird had a black head and body with white wing-tipped feathers, but no red. The male ivory-billed has a red crest.

Connie Bruce, a spokeswoman for Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology, which is researching the possible re-appearance of the ivory-billed woodpecker, said the search continues despite no evidence being turned up last winter.

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