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GHOST BIRD OF THE SWAMP

Ivory Billed Woodpecker Flute

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Even as a child I always hoped that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was not extinct. But it has been said that after 60 years there was fading hope we would ever see this spectacular bird again.

It seems as if the woodpeckers somehow know when I am creating a flute of their kind!!! Just today as I worked the final touches on this very flute, three woodpeckers visited me, one of which continued pecking in the pine just above my head! I guess he wanted to be part of this flute, because his woodchips soon meshed with mine!!!!

This bird is the largest and rarest woodpecker in the Nation with a 3-foot wingspan and 20 inches long!

To Native Americans the bird was majestic, yet mysterious, and thought by many to have gone extinct some 60 years ago. I have read that the last photograph of the bird was taken in 1944, that is, until now!

In the Cache River refuge, in a swath known as the Big Woods, a team has found that the Great Woodpecker still lives!!!

The video footage taken by David Lunea confirms a 20 inch bird with a three foot wingspan and distinctive markings of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. As many as two dozen birds could be living in the area.

Quoting the director of the Cornell lab, John Fitzpatrick, "The bird captured on the video is clearly an Ivory-billed Woodpecker."

Some are comparing this to finding the Holy Grail! There have been men who were chocked with emotion and others who actually sobbed after seeing this woodpecker for the first time. Tim Gallagher said, "Just to think this bird made it to the 21st century gives me chills. It's like a funeral shroud has been pulled back, giving us a glimpse of a living bird, rising Lazarus-like from the grave."

This is a flute of a lifetime, and if you choose to make it yours, you will never be disappointed my Friends.

Take care and may the Great Creator Bless each & every one of you!

I build & play for those who went before us, for those yet to come, and for those who cannot play, I play for you! I am Swampfox.

 

 

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Ghost Bird of the Swamp

 

 

 



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