Meet Dopey. A female Downy Woodpecker. She came to visit but decided to go through the window instead of asking me to come outside to play. I immediately saw her, went outside and picked her up.
My friend Socks ‘the neighbour’s cat’ had just finished visiting minutes before and did complain while brushing against me outside ‘have not eaten lunch yet 😋!’ Soooooo glad he opted for a mouse instead and left on a mouse hunting mission before spotting Dopey laying there.
Dopey was stunt! I massaged her little heart. It was beating incredibly fast. Then, I’d cradle her gently close to me while very gently stroking her feathers on her little head. whispering at her the whole time ‘hang in there! Please hang in there little one! Don’t give up!! Stay with me!!’
Five minutes or so passed. My new green coffee delivery had just arrived! And instead of helping, I left the big mount of wrapped up coffee sacks on the pallet, and decided Dopey needed me. I had to make sure I do everything I can so she’ll live.
When I knew her heart was normalizing, and her eyes were starting to open, I decided to put her in a box over a towel, after poking holes.
I kept watching her until she was all rested and no longer comatose! Poor thing.
Then? I opened the box, she flew flawlessly to a tree about 30’ away.
I knew then Dopey was going to be ok