Dig out Harris' MacMillan Field Guide to Bird Identification, turn to page 150 and there's the culprit, with the helpful note - "Partial albino Swift. Such individuals are not infrequent and can cause confusion with rarer species." Indeed.
Even the guy 'selling' this plan for the FWS, doesn't sound too convinced! http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/23/ap4049402.html:
Fleming said recovery efforts are worth the money even though some have questioned whether the ivory-billed woodpecker sightings were legitimate.
According to Birdwatch there is an article in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology claiming that the double raps are perhaps being confused with the wing collisions of Gadwall.
More from Mike Collins, from 5.15.07 (http://www.fishcrow.com/winter07.html). Watch that space!
There's still a long way to go this search season. I have an exciting new idea and will be getting help implementing it. I'm confident that the idea will eventually lead to sightings, good videos...
I'm still curious as to how LolaGal has seen Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed woodies, neither of which have been previously recorded in Kentucky, and Red-cockaded, which is officially listed as extirpated.
Yes, Fitzpatrick is citing this as a reason for not accepting Doc's analysis - says it's like comparing apples and oranges. However, the fact that nobody at Cornell is even open to the mere possibility that they might be mistaken is starting to grate on many. Too much at stake I suppose.
Docmartin's paper will be online today. There are already some articles on its contents. See these for a start:
Was looking over the reported sightings in Florida this season and thought a summary of what has been reported might be of interest:
Jeff Barna - Flew overhead at treetop level at sunset. Silhouette only. Large woodpecker. Long wings, thin neck, long wedge-shaped tail. Straight...
Cyberthrush has obtained a copy of Geoff hill's new 'Ivorybill Hunters' and has a mini-review on his site. He quotes Hill's closing thoughts (written before this search season):
"What I am sure of is that the ivorybills are there. Not one bird. Not a single pair. At least a half dozen pairs and...