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:

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

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

Cathy said...

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 ♥

tales from an oc cottage said...

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

m ^..^

Grandma Elsie said...

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.

Karen said...

Fantastic picture!

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

Denise said...

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

XXDenise

Sue said...

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

Stacey said...

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

Blondie's Journal said...

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

Aspiemom said...

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

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

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

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

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

Manuela

aimee said...

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

Rhondi said...

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

TattingChic said...

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

Mimi Sue said...

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

Lee Laurie said...

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

Take care,
Lee Laurie