"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Sunday, May 20, 2007
-- Deja vu, All Over Again ? --
Down memory lane: By this time last year Cornell had released it's preliminary statement of that season's Big Woods search as noted in this blog post from May 2006. One can't help but wonder if much of the same wording won't largely apply to this season's initial Cornell summary. My own understanding (BUT I've NOT heard it from enough sources to be confident of its accuracy) is that there were multiple sightings during the season as yet to be divulged, including some better than the one made public by Rich Guthrie, but of course none considered definitive, nor any photos attained. Nor has much been said of any purely acoustic data gathered this season.
On the one hand I don't think Cornell recognizes how much they shoot themselves in the foot by being so slow to release information, and tight-lipped about results; on the other hand, given the critical scrutiny they are under, and likely defensiveness at this point, the reluctance to reveal details until all information is thoroughly reviewed/discussed is hardly unexpected.
No idea what sort of timetable S.Carolina or Texas might be on for release of summary information from those states??? (if anyone knows and is at liberty to say send it along...). And the Choctawhatchee search continues a brief while longer.
From the Web Grab Bag, GOOD news (...even if we have to go to Japan to find it):
And BAD news:
Camera results are thus far disappointing but far from conclusive. And as I said a short while back, as far as nests are concerned, I've birded off-and-on for 40+ years and never seen a crow's nest; no necessary reason to expect IBWO nests to be easier.
Do you concede that wariness does not explain why no IBWOs have not been captured by automatic cameras? They travel large areas during the day but never appear in front of a camera?
In the same vein though, will skeptics concede that the likelihood that this species went extinct in the 40's is miniscule given the number of reputable sighters who claim to have seen them since? (...it's a rhetorical question, I already know the answer)
A real Campephilus I saw this month was not wary of a land rover towing an ATV passing nearby. It remained perched on the near side of a tree throughout the episode. I was far more disturbed by these metallic objects than it was.
The real Campephilus I saw also remained adjacent to the only human habitation for miles around.
"the number of reputable sighters"
Only dudes and stringers report IBWOs, and only the gullible believe them!
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