cat grabbed a juvenile Ladder-backed woodpecker?
? I grabbed the cat.
The bird was in pretty good condition, no wing damage or deep punctures.
Really cute bird, little fear, even perched on my finger (wouldn't let GO of my finger!) was pecking me -a good sign. It was tapping outside but the adult birds were gone so no easy release.
Anyway the real wild animal rehab is a 35 min drive up island -I'd have to get gas for my car...naw...so I phoned the S.P.C.A and they said if I could get it to the central animal hospital, THEY would see to transporting it to the wildlife refuge.
Cool!, the central hospital is a 15-20 minute ride.....so I put a big soup pot-no lid in my cycling pack and put the bird in an zipped up -and off I ride!
So this little bird jumps up on the lip of this pot inside my knapsack -And starts pecking the inside of the knapsack -right on my back! HARD!
I knew he was o.k BECAUSE he was tapping, If he'd stopped, I'd have to stop riding and make sure he didn't fall out of the pot\ down the inside of the pack and get squishy-d.
So I'm @ the vet, standing at the counter, my packs on a chair with the bird tapping on the pot.
The other pet owners are looking at the pack -at each other...? Tap! Tap! TAP!
Fiesty little guy, nipping me from a little opening in the zipper.
It was SOOOOOOO cute! I missed my sun ride, but I got in a real feel good ride anyway.
I think it was a ladder back woodpecker anyway..looks kinda like this but smaller and cuter.