The young downy woodpecker admitted as a patient to the Wildlife Services department after being struck by a car was released back into the wild July 2.
Still a fledgling when she first came in, we had to hand-feed her every hour. In time, she began to eat on her own as a grown-up bird, and learned to fly in our outdoor songbird aviary. We treated her for head trauma, and the small woodpecker left our care as right as rain. See for yourself in our video of her release. Read her background story here.