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Scenes from our search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the White River area of Arkansas (3/25 to 4/8). Come back soon for a more detailed textual account of the trip. Last updated: 4/9/2006

Below: Ivory-billed Country along the Cache River.

Below four: Venomous Cottonmouth snakes were a common sight on all but the coolest days. After the first week, I hardly felt awake in the morning until I'd seen my first poisonous snake!

Below: Quiz photo... Answer below.

Below: Broad-banded Water Snake dining on a Green Frog.

Below: A male Northern Parula singing his heart out. This species was absolutely abundant around the White River.
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Below: A Black Rat Snake in the White River area.

Below two: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers near Pine City, Arkansas.

Below: A very large Diamondback Water Snake.

Below: Swamp Sparrows were common and widespread in the area.

Below three: A beautiful Rough Green Snake. This was probably my moment of greatest childlike elation during the trip, as I've wanted to see one since I was five years old with my Golden Guides.

Below: Hermit Thrushes were very common at the beginning of our trip, gradually heading north and being replaced by arriving Swainson's Thrushes. (There were still decent numbers as of 4/7, though.)

Below: A western Ribbon Snake. Did I mention there were a lot of snakes?

Below: Barred Owl. During a dawn-to-dusk hike, one is likely to see and hear up to 20 of these beautiful owls.
Listen to audio by Nathan Pieplow

Below: Red-eared Turtle (aka Red-eared Slider).

Below: An Eastern Meadowlark at the Stuttgart Airport.
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Below: A Green Treefrog feasting on insects drawn to the substation's lights.

Below: Pied-billed Grebe.

Below: More scenes from around the White River.

Below: A Common Raccoon attempts to hide from me and my teammate Greg as we hiked to a rendezvous point after dark.

Below two: Bronze subspecies of the Green Frog. Note the back coloration in second image.

Below: A Savannah Sparrow at the Stuttgart Airport. We also observed Le Conte's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Sprague's Pipit, Lapland Longspur, and American Golden-Plovers here. The previous week I'd picked out a single Smith's Longspur.

Below: A nice example of the habitat we explored from pre-dawn to post-dusk.

Below: A Wilson's Snipe foraging in an open field. Abundant in the area.

Below: Dwarf subspecies of the American Toad.

Below two: The answer to the quiz photo above, which featured this species' reflection. (It's almost too beautiful to observe directly.) Prothonotary Warblers suddenly arrived in droves halfway through our trip.

Below: An Arkansas dragonfly I'll identify when I catch up here at home!

Below: We awoke one morning to find the White River flooded with Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. I love Spring.

Below: A pair of Blue-winged Teal.

Below two: The well-camouflaged Goatweed Leafwing... at least until it spreads its wings.

Below: Another warm morning, the Northern Cricket Frogs awoke and began their clicking chorus.

Below: A Red-shouldered Hawk vocalizing and performing a courtship flight.

Below: A grasshopper in a bayou near the White River.

Below: A real highlight (and huge surprise) was spotting and photographing the famous white Pileated Woodpecker.

Below: Team members David and Greg goofing off at the Stuttgart Airport.

Below: The infamous Cottonmouth Gang is respected and feared along the White River. Tom Snetsinger and I show off our gang sign. (Photo by Greg Keller)

Below: The rest of the Cottonmouth Gang (left to right) - Scott Severs, Greg Keller, David Vander Pluym, Chris Paige, Nathan Pieplow, Jason Luscier, and Tom Snetsinger.

Below: And at last we met with success! I found the Ivory-billed Woodpecker!!!
(Photo by David Vander Pluym)


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