Bird groups rally to save woodpecker found hung from tree in Heron Road area

By Norman Provencher, Ottawa Citizen, July 18, 2018

Bird safety activists in the capital were mobilizing to try to figure out how to treat a northern flicker-type woodpecker found hanging by its neck in the Heron/Alta Vista area late Tuesday.

“We’ve reached out to our online contacts for assistance,” said Safe Wings Ottawa spokeswoman Anouk Hoedeman.

“It’s pretty evident this was done by someone, it wasn’t an accident.”

A citizen found the bird, which is about 25 cm long and weighs about 100 grams, hanging from an “obviously knotted” piece of string on a fence near St. Patrick’s Catholic Intermediate School. It was struggling slightly, but was weakened and badly injured.

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