I enjoy having wild birds in my backyard. I feed them. I give them water in the winter and houses in the spring. Yesterday, I even chased away a small hawk that was terrorizing my chicadees like they were chicken nuggets.
Today's New York Times updates the Big Ivory Bill Sighting that has so "captivated" the American public:
...Mr. Sibley and three colleagues write in the journal Science [that the sighted bird] is a common pileated woodpecker, and there is no conclusive evidence that the near-mythical ivory bill has escaped extinction…. Sibley, one of the country's top bird experts, said today that the woodpecker that appears fleetingly in a blurry videotape taken in an Arkansas swamp, in a discovery that electrified the world of birding last year, was not an ivory-billed woodpecker after all…. Disagreement about evidence for the ivory bill has been bubbling under the surface among birders and ornithologists, although the rediscovery still has broad public acceptance.
The three men who first spotted the Arkansas woodpecker in 2004, Eugene Sparling, Bobby Harrison and Tim Gallagher, will be awarded the President's Medal for Conservation at the annual meeting of the Explorers Club in New York City on Saturday.
Edit: Since I posted this story earlier this evening, the New York Times revised the Internet story I quote above. The paper took out the part about the President's Medal for Conservation. The original text is still on The Explorers Club web site. What fun is that?