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Sunday, March 22, 2009


-- Collins Paper et.al. --


A reminder that Mike Collins' paper "Flight Mechanics of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker," presenting his analysis of his sighting claims primarily in Louisiana's Pearl River region is available for study here:


the videos and graphics that are referenced in paper are here:


I don't know that there is any way to discuss the paper on Mike's site, so comments may need to be posted elsewhere, such as over at an appropriate BirdForum.net thread (if you are a member), or you may use the comment section below this blog entry, or else write to Mike via private email (there might be other options as well). Unless it has already been done, someone
should post a link to the paper on an appropriate thread over at BirdForum.net as well. [ I have now mentioned it on one BirdForum thread; it may be appropriate for mention on other threads ? ]

For those asking, I've left up the link to Gary Erdy's website because my current understanding is that the site may be re-launched at some point though I have no idea of a timetable (or if the URL will even be the same). Probably, there are some, after this experience, who will simply grant the site no credibility should it re-appear, so I stress again for the open-minded and objective, that by all indications this entire episode involved just one person and just one image, and there is NO reason not to examine closely the remainder of Gary's evidence.

....On the fun side of things, some nestcam links:

again, the storks in Germany (great webcam if it's not blocked on your computer and you have broadband):

... a California webcam of an Allen's Hummingbird nest (these little tykes may not be around a lot longer):

...and lastly this webcam of a Great Horned Owl nesting, incredibly in a tropical plant planter in a Florida shopping area:


Important point: All of the movies referenced in Mike's manuscript ARE AVAILABLE for download (along with the .pdf file of the manuscript itself) at this link:

Thanks John; I've re-written post to include this information.
Doesn't seem to me like the window of opportunity is over to get the paper accepted. I hope that Mike continues to work with the editors to find a solution. I don't blame him for wanting to keep the video analyses, but perhaps he can do so while giving in some for the other relatively easy to satisfy requests.
Has anyone re-examined the originals of the 1971 photos taken by Fielding Lewis in the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana? Those photos are so much better than any that have surfaced in the last 5 years.

It strikes me that at least half the reason they were rejected at the time was because no one seriously thought the Ivory bill was still around.
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