I remember a few years ago there were reports of a possible sighting of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker which was thought to have been extinct. It must be quite a sight to see a 20″ long woodpecker with a 30″ wingspan.
We don’t have any Woodpeckers quite that large in Connecticut but we do have the Pileated Woodpecker which is about 16″ long with a 26″ wingspan. One nice thing about Pileated Woodpeckers is that they are definitely not extinct although you do have to be at the right place and right time to get a good look at them.
I always take time out to watch them when I come across them because you never know if they might become more scarce in the future. Let’s hope not!
Here’s a 30 second video