Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yellow shafted Flicker

According to our bird book that's what it is. Earl was back in the woods cutting down a tree and heard something rustling on the path. We think it's a fledgling. It couldn't fly and he was afraid it's wing was broken so he picked the little guy up and brought him to the house. Victoria called some animal rescue people listed on the DNR website but nobody was licensed for birds. We ended up taking it back to the woods and hoping for the best. It can still climb a tree. Isn't it adorable? I LOVE seeing somehing like this up close. I wanted to hold it, but it was scared and as you can see Earl is gloved to protect him from that sharp beak. They are a member of the woodpecker family and you know you've been pecked if you get pecked by one of these!
Oh, but isn't it beautiful!?

17 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh it is just beautiful!!!! I love birds :) I could just kiss his little head :)
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  2. Oh my goodness how beautiful! And he's so big. I bet that was really something to get to see him close up like that. I sure hope he recovers and lives a nice long bird life. Wonderful post!

    Cathy ♥

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  3. He is so cute! Poor little guy...fingers crossed!

    m ^..^

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  4. I am a bird lover too.
    I think all birds are so dear and I love listening to their sonfs in the morning and at nightfall as they are going to bed .
    LOL
    Elsie <><
    One just has to do the best they understand and then hope for the best.

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  5. Fantastic picture!

    How cool to get such an up close look. Thanks for sharing it with us. We are all agog here.

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  6. Aww! I sure hope that the little guy will be alright!

    XXDenise

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  7. He's as cute as the baby lamb we found in our car over at the Walmart.....

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  8. It is so cute and large! I hope it's ok. Let's think positive thoughts.

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  9. He is a cutie!! :-) You did good taking him back to the woods. I had nothing but heartbreak trying to help little birds. It all comes down to the survival of the fittest. At least you have some great pic's!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  10. What a great picture! He looks so cute and vulnerable. Hope he makes it!

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  11. It is beautiful! I hope the poor little thing survives....

    I remember as a child birds would fly into our windows and get stunned. We would get shoe boxes lined with kitchen towels and lay them inside...then watch as they slowly came to and flew away.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  12. It is beautiful! I wouldn't want to be pecked by that long sharp beak! I hope it makes it!

    Manuela

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  13. beautiful is right.doesn't it feel good to be able to do things we did when we were kids. like climb a tree ;)
    blessings,
    aimee

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  14. Hi Kathy
    That little flicker is beautiful. What a great photo you got of him. Hope he is safe in the woods.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  15. Oh, I hope that beautiful little guy will be okay. :)

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  16. Gorgeous feathers on the little guy. Hope he'll be OK. Mimi

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  17. He looks so sweet. I hope that he makes it.

    Take care,
    Lee Laurie

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