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For those that MIGHT be interested.
THREE-TOED WOODPECKER in Central IL.

Charlene Malone
St. Louis co.

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From: "Richmond" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2004 8:20 PM
Subject: IBET Mason County (!)


>
> The presence this week of a female THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at Sand Ridge
> State
> Forest is unexplainable.
>
> Directions as follows:
> Find the entrance to Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery at 2500north and 2520east.
> From here notice that just to the east there is a gravel road that goes
> south.
> Drive south on this gravel road. After about three-tenths of a mile, the
> road curves to the left (east).
> Continue about another two-tenths of a mile until you notice a small white
> sign on the left (north) side of the road that designates a 'wood cutting'
> area. Pull off onto the grass and park.
>
> The woodpecker has been seen twice in the woodlot (on the north side of
> the
> road) behind the 'wood cutting' sign. On one of those occasions, it flew
> across the road into the woodlot on the south side of the road. [On
> November
> 30, a female(-type) PINE GROSBEAK was found at this location. It has not
> been relocated. Interestingly, this is the exact location where a Pine
> Grosbeak was discovered on December 28, 1990.]
>
> From the 'wood cutting' sign, notice across the intersection toward the
> southwest that there is a large tan rectangular tank of diesel fuel. The
> woodpecker was seen once in the woodlot behind the tank. From here it flew
> toward the north. [An immature female AUDUBON'S WARBLER was found at this
> location on December 8.]
>
> It seems likely that the woodpecker could remain in this location for some
> time as it apparently has been utilizing this area for the past five days.
> However, the habitat there is very extensive and locating this bird is
> EXTREMELY difficult. This bird is identifiable 'on the wing' and it would
> be
> prudent to study the 'in flight' illustrations in the SIBLEY GUIDE
> beforehand.
>
> Kevin Richmond
> turnstone at flink.com
> Morton, Illinois
>
>

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