Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Has anyone else searched on VIREO for our favorite avian swamp phantom recently?


At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at these photos over a month or so ago and let others know. The bird in question is in the foreground and the pictures are fuzzy. I spoke to a VIREO representative regarding the ID of the species in the photo. They said they put the photos out there to let the public decide the ID. They are from the late 1960's in the Big Thicket of Texas.

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

There's quite a bit of a story about these pictures, their four decades of disappearance, and their sudden unaccountable resurfacing on VIREO with absolutely no fanfare. I'm not the best one to tell this tale, however, so I'll leave that to others. From what I have heard, if nothing more, they are a valuable historical tidbit, revealing yet another fragment of the lore and fable around this bird. It just didn't seem right to have them passing unnoticed in plain view on VIREO.

"The public" reach any kind of "decision" about these images in the current environment? That's a good one!

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, who can share with us this story? Many of us would love to hear it.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

They are the "Neil Wright" photos from Texas in 1967. They are mentioned in Jackson's book, and much of what is known about them is on the IBWO forum in this thread:



Post a Comment

<< Home

Site Meter