473Fw: [BIRDWG05] Imperial Woodpecker search
- Dec 26, 2005wsbn/fyi...
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From: "Narca" <narca@...>
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2005 11:31 AM
Subject: [BIRDWG05] Imperial Woodpecker search
> Hi All,
> As Helen notes, we just returned from a trip to the Divisadero/Creel/
> Cerocahui/Urique area of Copper Canyon, where we searched the pine
> forest not only for signs of the recently-reported Imperial
> Woodpecker, but also for the workings of a large woodpecker.
> (Elevations are above the range reported for Pale-billed and Lineated
> Woodpeckers, though of course birds can wander out-of-range.)
> An exhaustive search of trees near Divisadero revealed no certain
> workings of woodpeckers any larger than a flicker, and only one
> instance of a potentially-larger bird at work. Those of you who live
> near Pileateds know that their workings are obvious.
> The interesting fact remains that there have been reports of a very
> large woodpecker over the past 5 years from locals in the Divisadero
> area. The Mexican biologist who collected these reports had planned
> to join us, but became ill at the last minute.
> Our feeling was that if the bird still survives, it will be in an
> unpopulated area, far from humans. That is very hard to find in
> Mexico. It was, after all, considered "un gran pedazo de carne" in a
> protein-starved region.
> There were plenty of big snags in the forests, especially between
> Cerocahui and Urique Rim, which were full of beetle larvae. Food did
> not appear to be a limiting factor.
> A quick look at a Steller's Jay in backlit conditions might confuse
> observers. The jays in this region were occasionally hammering on
> A very fun highlight was a flock of 30-35 Aztec Thrushes, streaming
> up the cliff face at Urique Rim to feed on small black fruits of a
> shrub. They were joined by Brown-backed Solitaires. Crescent-chested
> Warblers and White-striped Woodcreeper were in the pines near the
> Rim. Gray Silkies foraged at Divisadero.
> Happy trails,