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Possible Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Mile marker 185 on I-75 flew across interstate east bound.

Direct rowing flight reminded me of a crow or pintail (slower wingbeat). Lots of white in trailing edge of wing. Flight with neck extended and tail collapsed - not fanned out at all. 10 second view - distance 30 yards.

Should be checked out, habitat nearby includes Myakka River and lake.

Shocked the socks off of me!

Grover Larkins


Grover Larkins
17 days ago

Ok, seems no one is interested.

I don't have the time to look for it but this is the ONLY one I have seen since about 1964/5 when I saw a pair in South Miami.... Those I watched for 15 minutes as they shelled out a dead standing Dade County Pine tree just south of the playground at Sunset Elementary School. Literally I was a 6 year old watching them from perhaps 15 feet.... Monster big woodpeckers, only one had a red crest, one black -- both with loads of white underneath and on the back and with white beaks. Picked them out of a picture book line up for my dad... his comment was, I thought those were all gone.... Now he is too....


steve siegel
17 days ago

Like you, I saw an Ivory-bill as a child. It was in Alabama, and I reported it to the National Audubon Society. They gently informed me that what I saw was probably a Pileated Woodpecker.

1 day ago

Hi! I am looking on google maps at that area, and am interesting indeed, especially as you have seen an Ivory Bill in the past. Sadly, I no longer live in that part of the world... But, one day, I will return, I will have this in mind, and will search this area for this bird.

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