This is #2 of the series of Ivory Bills I will be building due to the overwhelming response from true "birders" (also called bird watchers) and flute players throughout the nation. This one honors both birds, (male and female), long thought to be extinct, yet have been rediscovered!!! See below....

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

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

On a recent trip into one of the largest swamps around here, I was surrounded by the sounds of the pileated woodpeckers! Twice though, I heard the distinct double peck which is supposedly only related to the Ivory Billed Woodpecker! Man! Something like that will get a birder's heart racing!!!

A team of ornithologists are making plans to search for the birds in Ga very soon! It is said that this bird once thrived in old-growth forests and bottom-land swamps and was very common in Georgia! Ornithologist Alexander Wilson wrote in 1811 that "along the Savannah River between.... Savannah and Augusta, I found them very frequently."

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."

You will never be disappointed when this flute arrives at your door my Friends.

I pray a special blessing to the Holy One for all of you, and if you expect it to come, you will surely see it happen before your very eyes!

True Brother,




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