[Tweeters] Acorn Woodpecker reports

Eugene and Nancy Hunn enhunn323 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 3 09:04:32 PDT 2010


I just reviewed my King County e-mail archives for this year and
re-discovered two earlier King County possible Acorn Woodpecker reports,
neither of which could be verified.

One was a report published in the Queen Anne & Magnolia News in an article
by Kelly Sullivan reporting a sighting of a woodpecker July 14, 2010, that
"looked like" the photo the paper published, the photo being of an Acorn
Woodpecker. However, the photo was not of the bird in question but
presumably from some website. The observer commented that she was struck by
the bird's "red topknot." Fran Wood posted the note about this article and
photo to tweeters July 19.

The second was a report of one in Bellevue at the home of Andi Olsen,
October 15, 2009. I called and left a message asking her to call me if it
ever returned, but it apparently did not. I didn't put much stock in it at
the time. If anyone knows anything more about these reports, I'd be
interested to learn more.

In any case, neither report given the evidence I've seen is convincing, but
with the spate of west side reports it does raise the eyebrows.

Gene Hunn

Lake Forest Park, WA

enhunn323 at comcast.net

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