For the story of the extraordinary discovery of the Ivory-billed woodpecker, I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Carl Zimmer.
My bird is a little less rare but I hope none the less delightful in a modest sort of way:
(Image courtesy USGS)
That’s the killdeer, which tends to show up about this time every year in the urban wetland created in a big bend of the concrete flood control channel near my house.
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