Ivory billed woodpecker
On Thursday ornithologists announced that the ivory billed woodpecker had been spotted in the swamps of Arkansas.
Birders and scientists were amazed. The woodpecker, described by James Audubon as the "great chieftan of the woodpecker race" and by James Wolcott as the "The Lord God Holy Grail Elvis of Little Peckers", was assumed to have been driven to extinction 60 years ago.
Eli of Left I on the News explains how this species nearly became a a casualty of war.
Also, check out Eli's fine feathered photos from his bird watching vacation. No ivory billed woodpeckers, but impressive all the same.