Woodpecker drama on Webster Street

Jennifer Hoegg, Kings County Advertiser/Register
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KENTVILLE - "No job's too small," a Kentville firefighter said as crews attempted to rescue a wounded woodpecker Sept. 2 on Webster Street.

An injured pileated woodpecker drew attention and helping hands Sept. 2 in Kentville.

A car struck the pileated woodpecker, which witnesses say was flying low across the road, and the injured bird had to be helped to the sidewalk.

Despite leaving blood on the car's headlight, the animal hopped up a tree. After a Department of Natural Resources employee stopped, the fire department was called and staff at the TD Bank provided a box in the hopes the bird could be rescued.

However, once a firefighter climbed a ladder to retrieve the stunned-looking woodpecker, the bird took off and flew to another tree and the rescue effort was abandoned.

Organizations: TD Bank

Geographic location: Webster Street

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  • Sandy Graham
    September 03, 2014 - 12:24

    How nice to see several agencies and people step forward to try to help this Pileated Woodpecker. There have been increased sightings of this species in the Parrsboro area, as well as their large oblong holes in the trunks and branches of dead trees. What may be encouraging in this case is that the head and skull of woodpeckers are evolved to accommodate significant and repeated stress. Indeed, engineers have studied them to aid in the design of protective helmets. Woodpeckers have a built-in “shock absorber” that helps their brain withstand the constant hammering they do, and which forms a comforting sonic backdrop (at least for me) on otherwise quiet mornings and walks. Let’s hope he survives this, and lives to hammer away another day.