This morning, a juvenile red bellied woodpecker flew directly into our sliding glass window. After calling a friend of a friend (who is an Ornithologist), he suggested that we put the bird in a box, cover him up and leave him in a dark place for a few hours. Apparently, some birds are just temporally stunned by the impact and will recover after some time in a quiet environment.
Unfortunately, by noon time the woodpecker was still not able to fly away, so we took it to The Raptor Trust, which is a nonprofit avian rehabilitation here in New Jersey. Just the other day, the center released a bald eagle back into the wild after it has spent 6 weeks in their rehab center. You can read all about it here.
Anyway, here is our little woodpecker friend awaiting his trip to the hospital:
Below is a snowy white owl and a bald eagle which we were able to see after we dropped off the woodpecker:
There are about 70 exterior cages that house recuperating birds that will be released, as well as unreleasable individuals that reside at the facility. I will be contacting them in two days to find out how the woodpecker is doing. Hopefully, if it has recovered they will release it back into the wild.