A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Woodpecker Rescue

Right after WWII, Smith & WessBAM!............What the hell was that?
I went outside to find a red headed woodpecker quivering on the pavers, outside the huge picture windows that overlook the tropical garden jungle in my backyard. He had apparently flown straight into the window at high speed and stunned himself.

Cats were afoot, so I wrapped him in my jacket, and took him inside to recover in a dog carrier. He seemed to be doing well after an hour or so, so we ushered our grey coon cat inside, and delivered the bird back to the garden. My daughter did the honors, and with a flourish, she opened the carrier door. In a blur, the bird was airborne and back in the trees, another disaster averted.

(Thank you for the ID Denise & John, it was a male Melanerpes carolinus)



Anonymous Rey B said...

Very cool. Not often you get that close a look at a woodpecker. Glad he is okay.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Hello Xavier - what you have there is a male red-bellied woodpecker. Glad he is OK after the collision!

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red-bellied woodpecker (melanerpes carolinus), not red-headed (melanerpes erythrocephalus).

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job on the bird rescue. It's a red bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus according to the picture in Sibley Guide to Birds. I've never seen one before - nice pic.


1:40 AM  
Blogger Birdfreak said...

You rock for helping that Red-bellied Woodpecker! Cats are one of the top ways a bird can get killed unnecessarily.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is really exciting, I hope after that he's alright.

6:41 PM  

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