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There are few birds in Vermont with an appearance as striking as that of the pileated woodpecker. A crow-sized woodpecker, this bird is crowned with a shock of red feathers so bright they seem to glow. When a pileated raises that crest of red feathers, it’s a spectacular sight. In nature, pileateds peck out huge, rectangular holes in trees that are so large other birds are often attracted to feed there. On Christmas Eve, a female pileated woodpecker flew into a house window in Middlebury, VT. The owners of the home took the bird in, and kept her in their bathroom until they could get her to a rehabber. The homeowners said the bird “redesigned” the bathroom, which probably means she drilled the woodwork in the bathroom. She was just being a woodpecker! (We always recommend injured birds — until they can get to a rehabilitator — are placed in a box with adequate ventilation and kept in a quiet, dark room. Confining the birds to a box rather than in an open room will reduce the bird’s stress level, while preventing it from flailing about and causing further injury.)
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