On an early morning this past summer, while walking next to Sycamore Pool, I came upon a trapped Acorn Woodpecker clinging to the pool’s edge to escape the water. On seeing me, the poor bird, frightened, let go and tried to “swim” back across the pool. If the bird were in the water much longer it would almost certainly die of hypothermia. I ran to get help.
This is Kyle, who works for the Parks Dept., checking out the poor bedraggled Acorn Woodpecker he’d just rescued. Kyle, like the other Park workers, spends a lot of time making repairs and improvements to the Park’s infrastructure along with the never-ending chore of cleaning restrooms and picking up trash. I’m grateful for Kyle and the other workers who, day after day, work to keep the park in order and yet take time to save the life of a little bird. The Parks Dept. works on a slim budget and it’s all that a small staff of only 7 workers can manage just to keep up with the demands put upon them. Personally, whatever the cost, I gladly pay taxes for the work they do.
Poor little guy looks like he expects to be eaten. Three cheers for Kyle and for you for capturing the drama. (I am glad for all the acorn woodpeckers in the park who have stood up thus far to the nesting competition of the aggressive starlings. Long live the Woodpeckers!)
I agree! In the Park yesterday I saw a Northern Flicker and a Starling fighting up in the trees. I was rooting for the flicker. I do believe the Flicker won. 🙂
So glad you spotted the poor woodpecker! Who would think that could happen? Great pictures telling the story, Karen.
Thanks Sharon. Stay tuned for more. 🙂