I was sitting at my laptop writing Monday afternoon when I heard a "thwump" followed by the sound of something rolling off a wall or on the floor. The sound came from the dining room/deck area so I walked in and immediately went to the glass doors. Glancing out on the deck, I saw nothing so looked up at the glass.
Sure enough, there were tell-tale feathers stuck to the window. My eyes immediately went back to the deck floor ... nothing ... and then I leaned out and looked directly down. There against the bottom of the door was a downy woodpecker, beak parted and panting as he caught his breath from such a hard knock against the door. We've had a few birds over the years fly into the glass windows and doors of the house, and all but one eventually flew away.
I grabbed my camera and went back to see how the little fella was doing. His wings were drooping but didn't appear broken, and he seemed to be just winded.
I took a few pictures but left him as he was, not touching or moving him.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 15, 2013