Cornell's Luneau video analysis is now available here.
In no particular order, here are some of my first impressions of this analysis:
1. Amazingly, they are still defending the "six-pixel bird", with no mention of it probably being a branch stub.
2. To me, their Pileated Clip 11 looks quite similar to the Luneau bird. As an experiment, if you told a number of "believers" that this was a clip from the Luneau video, I'd be willing to bet that a large percentage would express confidence that Clip 11 shows an Ivory-bill, based on both fieldmarks and "jizz".
3. They show us a video of a Franklin's Gull, leisurely flying away. This is supposed to "prove" that a fleeing Pileated's dorsal wing surface should be prominently visible when viewed from behind.
This comparison makes no sense to me. Instead of admitting that their stiff-winged Pileated re-enactment model was seriously flawed, they went far afield to find a species where a stiff-winged model might have been more reasonable.
4. In my view, this is unrelated to the video analysis, but is notable: "... a few molting pileateds showing some extra white on the wing have been spotted in the Big Woods region of Arkansas".
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