Mystery Bird Meets Imperial Woodpecker – Trail Cam Photos Revisited (Part 2)

If you haven’t done so already, please read Trail Cam Photos Revisited for a more comprehensive discussion of the image that’s central to this post (including an explanation of our conclusion that the mystery bird is larger than a Pileated Woodpecker). At the time of writing, I didn’t envision doing a follow-up, but the nagging sense […]

Trail Cam Photos Revisited

Frank recently found a series of images from our trail cam deployment discussed here. These photographs, taken with a second camera, are of very poor quality, but they show what is clearly a Pileated Woodpecker on the target snag. Frank’s discovery led us to re-examine some of the images discussed in Frank’s post and elsewhere […]

Kent-like Calls Recorded March 2, 2013

Note: Based on thousands of hours of reviewing and analyzing field recordings, I now think these sounds are squirrel vocalizations. In my experience, Eastern grey squirrels are the most challenging confusion species, both in the field and on sonograms. Modest attenuation by distance can make them sound quite ivorybill like, and fundamental frequencies can sometimes […]

Imperial Woodpecker Foraging

Cornell has an enhanced extract from the 1956 William L. Rhein Imperial Woodpecker film. The extract was included in the supporting materials for the Auk paper that discusses the film. I had overlooked it until now and suspect that others may have missed it. In this clip, the bird can be seen scaling bark from […]