Rich Guthrie, one of the deans of Albany-area birding, posted this on the local and state listserves:

Yes, out of area, but I thought this would be of interest to NYS birders: I spent most of April down in the Bayous of Arkansas with the Cornell team, looking for the elusive IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER. I went down as a skeptic. I came back a believer.

I was fortunately (lucky) enough to actually SEE one!!!

The story is a bit long. And beyond this note, it’s probably not appropriate for this forum.

I will be discussing the details tomorrow on the Albany, NY NPR affiliate WAMC. Folks down through the Hudson Valley or out the Mohawk Valley can listen in. Or, others can pick up the live broadcast on line at

So tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 pm for what I am sure will be a memorable radio program.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.