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Bird rescue

2010.03.24
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This morning i nearly ran over a bird that was sitting on a main road...oops. As i noticed it was still alive i stopped, and went back to pick it up before any one drove over it. And much to my surprise it was a male Woodpecker, finally i got to see a live one from close by, they are so beautiful :-) Just a pity it was wounded at the knee, and who knows what else was injured, and it was still dozy from whatever it flew in to :-(
So i went back to my van, and put it in a box and put my jacket over the top so it could stay relaxed in the dark(also i didn't want a woodpecker flying around my head whilst i was driving ;-) ).
Just my tough luck (and his) it was going to be a rather long working day, and i had no idea or wasn't any were near were i could drop it off, so he stayed with me all day, till i got home.

Always wanted to see one from up close, but never thought i'd ever get to see one from this close though :-))
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Put him in a cage we got from the neighbour so i could have a proper look at it, and see if it had any other visible injuries. In the meantime phoned the vet. Tough luck, he was on holiday :-/
So as he was able to rest all day, we decided to try and set him free in the woods here, and see if he eventually would fly away.
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off course i used the opportunity to take some quick shots :-) But he was hopping all over the place, so it wasn't easy, especially as the sun was already set, and it was getting dark and had to use the flash. He tried to fly, but that didn't seem to go well :-(
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eventually he got into a small tree
:-) now i know why they are so hard to see, every time i moved to his side of the branch, it moved to the other side to hide :-)
yep, they are very shy birds to say the least.
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But i got him eventually, or rather part of him :-)
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Suddenly he tried to fly away, but he couldn't and fell down. So i had to try and catch him again, which wasn't easy among the thorny bushes and as it was getting dark, but i got him eventually :-)
As you can see, they aren't all that small, and the beak is rather sharp......... i sure didn't fancy a peck of it :-)
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So we called the bird rescue centre, and explained what was what, and what we did, and then put him back in a box so it could calm down again, and get some more rest in the dark. And tomorrow, as i have to work, and can't get back in time to take him to the centre, they'll come and pick it up themselves (as it's an endangered species over here) and look after it, and when it's okay again, set it free :-))
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Hope he'll soon recover and can be on his way again to find a lovely female he can start a family with :-)

As i see some of you would like to hear how he's recovering, I'll phone the centre in a few days, to see how he's doing, so i can keep you all informed about him.
:-)) I think he needs a name, any ideas anybody?.... besides woody, :-))
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37 Comments
Wasichseh What a beautiful bird. I hope there will be a happy end for him. Great, that you found an tried to help him.
Wasichseh · 2010-03-23: 16:47
????? Beautiful woodpecker. I'm happy you picked it up. Let keep us informed. Nice shots.
????? · 2010-03-23: 16:51
dreamie I have see a green woodpecker once - from quite close but not THAT close as you :) Beautiful story, I hope the green guy gets better in no time, keep us updated please!
dreamie · 2010-03-23: 16:52
eljapa Never saw it before Peter, i hear them sometimes but i hope he will get better. Keep us informed!
eljapa · 2010-03-23: 16:57
DancingDolphin Good work Peter. I've had to do the same. In two different cases they told me to do exactly as you did: put it in a small box and dark place so it will have it's best chance to recover (as birds stay still in the dark). In both my cases they flew away the next day! Hopefully yours will also.
DancingDolphin · 2010-03-23: 17:08
GKorts of course Woody, Peter, what other name would fit :-) Great report and great how you saved his life
GKorts · 2010-03-23: 17:47
agnes65 well done Peter :)))
agnes65 · 2010-03-23: 17:51
????? Wow!!
This is great...you saved his life Peter!! :-)
????? · 2010-03-23: 17:53
SunFlower1990 Beautiful bird! I hope hes doing okay.
SunFlower1990 · 2010-03-23: 18:00
????? Bravo Peter!
How happy is the little woodpecker, saved and sweet :))
I would have called him a "red lucky" !!
????? · 2010-03-23: 18:07
lisaliu Thanks for sharing! i'm enjoying seeing it close up.
lisaliu · 2010-03-23: 19:09
finbarr well done Peter !!
finbarr · 2010-03-23: 19:17
Jarvo Wow Peter, I don't know who is luckier - you to get so close to him or him to be found by someone so caring. fabulous pictures! I hope he's OK. What are you feeding him with. We found a bird once and the vet told us to give it cat meat - it really enjoyed this.
Jarvo · 2010-03-23: 19:45
curlyq60 Awwww this is a delightful post..
curlyq60 · 2010-03-23: 20:46
????? Very good Peter! Well done.
????? · 2010-03-23: 20:47
lookagain Nice work, Peter.....photos and bird-saving! A couple people have used the word lucky....I think there's your name if he goes on to normal life. A very small bird flew against my window a couple weeks ago and when I went to look it was lying on the deck on its side....but still breathing. Awhile later I was so happy to see it had sat up....stayed right there for over an hour and then finally took off. Birds are fragile, but resilient!
lookagain · 2010-03-23: 22:37
thebronzebow Awe... poor little thing. Glad you helped it out!
thebronzebow · 2010-03-23: 23:30
Ryana Zoals Jon al schreef, wie had hier het meeste geluk? De vogel denk ik wel!! ;o)

Mooie foto's, knappe set!
Ryana · 2010-03-24: 03:47
SADHYA Well done Peter. I do hope he makes it. If so, I think Marsha came up with the name for him, Lucky!
SADHYA · 2010-03-24: 06:05
GKorts So if not Woody what about Tock Tock
GKorts · 2010-03-24: 06:11
Lynda What fabulous shots. I love woodpeckers and this one is a beauty. Look forward to further news.
Lynda · 2010-03-24: 06:53
ArtBee How fortunate for the bird that you rescued him, and how fortunate for you that you had the chance to see a woodpecker up close. Fantastic shots! I think that bird is very "Lucky" and would be a great name for him.
ArtBee · 2010-03-24: 07:40
????? Great job! and fantastic set! :-)
????? · 2010-03-24: 11:17
manuele fantastic set
manuele · 2010-03-24: 13:32
????? thank u so much for helping it
I haven't ever seen this bird in real,it's so beautiful
is it that bird digs the tree?
????? · 2010-03-24: 14:47
????? fijn dat je zo goed voor hem gezorgd hebt na dat ongelukje, prachtige vogel die ik nog nooit in het echt gezien heb, je hebt er een mooie serie van gemaakt
????? · 2010-03-24: 16:51
soubhagya Nice of u man! :)
soubhagya · 2010-03-24: 18:22
????? I think that you should call him "Red", because of his red top...and you are such a sweet and compassionate person Peter!!! Bravo!! you definately saved the day!!!!!!!
????? · 2010-03-24: 23:26
lynnsgallery2 Great rescue...beautiful bird!!! Hope he's doing better :))
lynnsgallery2 · 2010-03-24: 23:34
????? I'm happy you picked it up.i hope he will get better :--)
????? · 2010-03-25: 09:02
pandka So exciting!
pandka · 2010-03-25: 10:06
????? Oh Peter!!
You make me remember our conversation!! You are a real sweetie!!
And this bird is abosolutely WONDERFUL!
You shold ask the center to call you when when they will release him the bird! I did that with a little Red Kite I found.
:)

Thanks a lot for sharing this.
I'll be waititng the news.
^_^

xxx
????? · 2010-03-25: 12:20
Nychthemeron a beautiful bird indeed, I hope it gets well
Nychthemeron · 2010-03-26: 05:06
CaseyLynn wonderfully noted.... you wear your heart on your sleeve.
CaseyLynn · 2010-03-27: 08:07
MoMac Lovely rescue story and great you saved him or her, I would call it " Beauty"
MoMac · 2010-03-30: 04:55
EOS500D Awesome.
EOS500D · 2010-03-31: 05:02
dontblink Great job Peter! He may not of realized what a friend he found but we do:)
dontblink · 2010-04-05: 21:12
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