Davis, the city planner for McCrory, Arkansas, and Robison, who works for the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, said Friday they were driving near Cotton Plant, Arkansas, when a female ivory-billed swooped in the sky behind an oncoming truck.
"I saw something come off the tree, like the truck has spooked it," Davis said in a telephone interview from his office in McCrory. "It came by again and it had its wing span out and it just kind of glided back into the woods, and I said 'Is that what I think it is?'"
Davis, who has attended workshops about identifying the ivory-billed woodpecker, said he and Robison believe it was a female because the bird had a black head and body with white wing-tipped feathers, but no red. The male ivory-billed has a red crest.
Connie Bruce, a spokeswoman for Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology, which is researching the possible re-appearance of the ivory-billed woodpecker, said the search continues despite no evidence being turned up last winter.
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