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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 23:59   #1
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Unhappy Hatchling Identification from fallen Tree

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I just joined this forum since I needed some help identifying hatchlings I found in a fallen tree in my yard. We had a huge storm today and a big tree in my yard fell over and we discovered the hatchlings flung far from the nest under the tree as we were cutting it up to move it out of the street. I delivered them safely to the nearest Human Society Wild Life Rehab Center and hope they will be ok but I was just curious as to what birds they are. Here is a picture - I think they might have just hatched in the past 24 hours since they are so bare and their eyes were all still shut. They were pretty large for hatchlings so I think they might be birds of prey? But that is a complete guess. Thanks!
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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 01:30   #2
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Hi. Quite sad, really, but hopefully they'll be OK. The clue for their ID is on their feet: 2 toes pointing forwards and 2 backwards: they're woodpeckers, but I can't guess the exact species.
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Hi saddlebagsoph and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

Fingers crossed for the little ones. If you hear anything, would you please let us know how they get on please.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
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Thank you for the welcomes and for the ID Rafael! My neighbors and family were excited to find out what kind of bird they are. Also, it now makes sense why I did not find them in a typical nest.

I just called the wildlife center for an update and unfortunately, one of the four passed overnight. Otherwise, the other three are looking good and gaping. Hopefully, they make it through this traumatic time. The woman at the wildlife center said they got over 150 baby birds yesterday following the big storm, 7 sets of woodpeckers and ours were the youngest. Very sad to see what a big storm does especially at this time of year, but also great that people took the time to bring the birds there for help.
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Hi saddlebagsoph and thanks so much for the update.

I'm sorry, of course, to hear that one hasn't made it. Fingers cross now for the other three.
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