Birding UK and Ireland Forum  

Go Back   Birding UK and Ireland Forum > Ask a Question > Emergency Bird Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 25-08-12, 06:30 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 2,628
Blog Entries: 13
Send a message via Skype™ to aquila 1
Default My green house guest

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
Attached Thumbnails

Last edited by aquila 1; 25-08-12 at 07:44 PM. Reason: to add
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 25-08-12, 07:13 PM
PeterB's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,614

Mac, that's a great story, thanks for sharing and the picture. Well done. Happy Ending.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 25-08-12, 07:20 PM
bunting's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: South Norfolk
Posts: 28

Another great story Mac,
Young Woodpeckers always look sort of pre-historic, if you get what i mean !!!!
glad it all ended well.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 25-08-12, 07:46 PM
Kingfisher's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Surrey, England
Posts: 641

Fabulous, and well done.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 25-08-12, 08:11 PM
Little Sparrow's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Central England
Posts: 9,949
Blog Entries: 6

Fascinating Mac! Not often we get to see a pic of a Green Woodpecker on curtains! Well done!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 27-08-12, 09:58 AM
Cassillis's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chiltern Hills South Bucks
Posts: 454

Well done Mac. Great result for all.

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 30-05-15, 09:55 PM
briser_fae_the_broch's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Fraserburgh
Posts: 25

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.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:08 PM.