Monday, November 14, 2005

The race to confirm the Imperial Woodpecker sighting!!

Well, it seems that no one knows what to think about the reported Imperial Woodpecker sighting near Copper Canyon that was mentioned on this site a few days ago. No one (that I know of) has been able to speak to the original observers since the initial posting to the Mexico birding list, but we have located some contact info for them, which is now in the hands of some of the folks who are planning to travel down to Mexico.

This could turn out to be a very interesting story; of course, it is likely that no one else will see the reported woodpecker, whatever species it may have been. However, the Internet has made this reported sighting available to the general public very quickly, which will allow for a "rapid-response" to the site of the reported sighting. Even ten years ago, a sighting such as this would have taken months to be published to the general (birding) public. Now the information has been disseminated, and the opportunity is there for someone to make history if they can get a photo of this bird.

The question remains, was the bird sighted really an Imperial Woodpecker, and if so, is the bird still there? Hopefully we will receive more information on this situation soon...

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