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Old 25-08-12, 07:30 PM
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I once had a call from a lady to say she had found a very strange bird, on the ground, so instead of leaving it and then call me, no she had put it into a box, and taken it home, I told her to bring it round straight away, as soon as I saw it, I mumbled a lot of strong word's under my breath, I told her it was a young green woodpecker, and that she should have left it, I then asked her to take me and show me the exact position where she found it, I put the bird on the trunk and at a safe distance watched,but it was getting dark, so reluctantly I returned home with the bird, the lady was very apologetic, anyhow I had a supply of soft bill food which I managed to get down it, with a good amount of water, best place for an over night stay, on our curtain's.
I was up the next morning before sun up, straight down to the wood, I placed the bird on the tree trunk a good six foot from the ground,I was only there for 3/4 hour, when I heard the parent's calling, the young bird let out the most eiree of calls, but it worked dad was down in a flash, followed by mum, they led the youngster up the tree, I heard another call, from another tree, and blow me another young one, this was one of my good days, but after over forty year's I have many. my best regards mac

P.S. forgot to say I had a licence to do this work as am L.R.K
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Old 25-08-12, 08:13 PM
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Mac, that's a great story, thanks for sharing and the picture. Well done. Happy Ending.
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Old 25-08-12, 08:20 PM
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Another great story Mac,
Young Woodpeckers always look sort of pre-historic, if you get what i mean !!!!
glad it all ended well.
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Old 25-08-12, 08:46 PM
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Fabulous, and well done.
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Old 25-08-12, 09:11 PM
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Fascinating Mac! Not often we get to see a pic of a Green Woodpecker on curtains! Well done!

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Old 27-08-12, 10:58 AM
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Well done Mac. Great result for all.

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Great story and good to see it had a happy ending.
My wife once brought home a very young collared dove in a box which was in the small garden they have at her work but after a phone call to RSPB we took it back to the garden and placed it back under a bush - it's mum (presumably) appeared within minutes.
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