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20 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I think these are just well-meaning but uninformed people who don't know about Pileated Woodpeckers and how to differentiate them.

Yeah, I get that. Here’s what I think: (lol I just noticed the location is called “Ivory Billed Woodpecker” that’s kinda funny to me not sure why. No I’m not laughing at them, nor do I mean be rude or anything like that in this post) I personally don’t think they would know what an IBWO looks like, enough so to immediately ID two flying slowly or perched(they don’t say) birds, and yet not know about PIWOs. It’s like someone living in a bear heavy state seeing a bear in full view chilling or something and calling it Bigfoot. But that could still happen so I’m going to list other red flags(at least to me). 
 

Swearing: 

Yeah I know it’s not uncommon(sadly) but at least in my experiences people seem to swear more when they want to be believed/convince someone. Could be just excitement or something though.

“It’s a pair”:

Seems innocent, right? Yeah maybe, but… think about, what’s better than seeing an IBWO? Seeing a possibly breeding pair. Seems kinda sus to me. Overly suspicious? 
 

A classic excuse, I didn’t get a picture, which I lament now.

Two people see a pair of code 6 birds and no one takes or suggests a photo? Seems odd to me, especially since the vehicle was stopped(or at least going very slow). Bigfoot? It’s a viable excuse, heck if I saw a hairy man I’d be in shock for a bit. But a likely extinct woodpecker? I don’t know about you but I’d be fumbling for a camera. (Also I feel like this would naturally be where some swearing happens but instead they sound pretty chill.)

Ok ok, I’ll be the first to say this post looks/is dumb. I mean I’m going way too deep into this right? Maybe, but I’m merely explaining a lot of the reasons why I think it’s baloney sandwich. I’m not trying to win an argument or say I’m smart or anything like that. Just an overly long explanation. 

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11 minutes ago, Snake Fingers said:

Yeah, I get that. Here’s what I think: (lol I just noticed the location is called “Ivory Billed Woodpecker” that’s kinda funny to me not sure why. No I’m not laughing at them, nor do I mean be rude or anything like that in this post) I personally don’t think they would know what an IBWO looks like, enough so to immediately ID two flying slowly or perched(they don’t say) birds, and yet not know about PIWOs. It’s like someone living in a bear heavy state seeing a bear in full view chilling or something and calling it Bigfoot. But that could still happen so I’m going to list other red flags(at least to me). 
 

Swearing: 

Yeah I know it’s not uncommon(sadly) but at least in my experiences people seem to swear more when they want to be believed/convince someone. Could be just excitement or something though.

“It’s a pair”:

Seems innocent, right? Yeah maybe, but… think about, what’s better than seeing an IBWO? Seeing a possibly breeding pair. Seems kinda sus to me. Overly suspicious? 
 

A classic excuse, I didn’t get a picture, which I lament now.

Two people see a pair of code 6 birds and no one takes or suggests a photo? Seems odd to me, especially since the vehicle was stopped(or at least going very slow). Bigfoot? It’s a viable excuse, heck if I saw a hairy man I’d be in shock for a bit. But a likely extinct woodpecker? I don’t know about you but I’d be fumbling for a camera. (Also I feel like this would naturally be where some swearing happens but instead they sound pretty chill.)

 

I totally agree

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59 minutes ago, SirVive said:

Why don't you knock on the door , show your badge, and ask them? 

Because it is 4 and a half hour drive, plus 97 years worth of kayaking Caddo lake, trying to find that place again.   

Btw, Caddo lake is the largest cypress forest in the world, covering 25,400 acres of nothing but shallow water and missive amounts of cypress trees.

If you veer off of the the marked paths, or the boat channels(like the one I'm in in the photo below), you could quite easily get lost and never find your way out. Within 1 minute of paddling you can not see the shore anymore.

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On 5/1/2023 at 2:50 AM, Clip said:

Since you can't post two photos in best or favorite of a species topic I had to post my favorite here again. Pretty sure it is already in here once. Love this photo. I was just at the same park yesterday and while we saw a few cardinals none seem to be attacking car mirrors or windows. It is early in the breeding season though and if this guy doesn't find a mate this season he may resort to attacking all the perceived competition again.

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This would be a great addition to the Reflections thread: https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/655-reflections/

 

 

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

Turkey Vulture talking to the Black Vultures:

"Look fellows lay off the jokes! Just because 70% of bird species of birds are stupid, can I help that I'm in the other 40%? 

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Does anybody else see the TUVU's head as belonging to the BLVU's body?

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17 hours ago, Kevin said:

Turkey Vulture talking to the Black Vultures:

"Look fellows lay off the jokes! Just because 70% of bird species of birds are stupid, can I help that I'm in the other 40%? 

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Spoken like a true homeschooler 🤭😆

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55 minutes ago, jayD said:

this bird had a broken wing, every time I went to help it, it scooted away. It eventually got better and flew away.

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I was thinking that you've been around long enough that you should know better, then I realized what thread the next button took me to. :classic_laugh:

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No food? Fine, I'll bite your tongue then.

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Huh, I don't know why that didn't work
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