Extinct? No, Taking The Night Off

We’re so excited about our soon-to-be new home, that I am taking the night off to just relax for a change.

While I am enjoying a movie on Netflix or just kicking back reading a good book, check out this article from The Smithsonian.

The ivory-billed woodpecker is one of the most extraordinary birds ever to live in America’s forests: the biggest woodpecker in the United States, it seems to keep coming back from the dead. Once resident in swampy bottomlands from North Carolina to East Texas, it was believed to have gone extinct as early as the 1920s, but sightings, confirmed and otherwise, have been reported as recently as this year.

The young ornithologist James T. Tanner’s sightings in the late 1930s came with substantial documentation: not only field notes, from which he literally wrote the book on the species, but also photographs. In fact, Tanner’s photographs remain the most recent uncontested pictures of the American ivory-bill. Now his widow, Nancy Tanner, has discovered more photographs that he took on a fateful day in 1938.

The photographs included with the article are some of the most amazing shots I have ever seen.

Down Day

I’ve got a bit of a headache. It could be stress, but more than likely this one is caused by my new glasses. My eyes are having a heck of a time getting used to bifocals.

Have a great weekend!

Swallow-Tailed Kite 29

Now You Know

What happens when you wake up and realize it’s Friday? You post a picture and tell everyone to have a great weekend.

Oreo The Goat

Now you know.

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Mid-Week Bird Report

We found ourselves in North Georgia today, so we did some birding along the way. We ran into Darlene Moore up in Taylorsville looking for the American Golden Plovers. The plovers eluded us for two days, but we’ll catch up with them soon.

Later in the day we ran into Joshua Spence as we arrived at Carter’s Lake. It was nice meeting him, and we look forward to birding with him sometime in the future.

Here are a couple photos of some birds we saw.

Tree Swallow

 

Red-Winged Blackbird

 

Navy Jet

 

Chances are we’ll be heading back up to Carter’s Lake again soon. There is so much to see up there, and it’s so quiet that it makes a nice quick getaway with the family.

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