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A male Yellow-shafted Flicker showing light brown face, red nape crescent, yellow shafts, and black malar.
Local Metropark. Woodland trail surrounded by several small lakes
As I was leaving one of our local metroparks one evening, I just happened to look in my rear view mirror as a pickup truck passed by and I saw something that looked like a small bird go over its windshield and fall to the ground. When I turned around to investigate, I found this little guy sitting upright in the middle of the road with his eyes open and blinking. I didn't want to leave him there to get run over by the next passing vehicle, so I picked him up and and sat with him while, trying to think of any place I could bring him. He seemed very calm (probably in shock) and I saw no signs of external injury. After about 15-20 minutes, he seemed to start snapping out of it... and then just suddenly jumped up and flew away.