Last year I came home from work to find a juvenile Robin hanging upside down with one foot wedged in the joint between a two sided shepherd's hook that I had bird feeders on. Parents almost as distraught as I was,  flying around him. The bird was too exhausted to right itself. I slowly approached from underneath with a small towel in my hands. Luckily for both of us he stopped flailing and i was able to gently fold his wings with the towel and raise him to an upright position, and as soon as he was upright he flew off and was able to pull his leg out of the wedge. Parents took off right after him.  It haunts me. To this day I put a little stick in that joint to keep this from happening again.  I dread the thought of what I would have found if I was an hour late getting home. 

Jean Leonatti
Boone County

Jean Leonatti
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<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: David <[log in to unmask]> </div><div>Date:07/03/2014  7:45 PM  (GMT-06:00) </div><div>To: [log in to unmask] </div><div>Subject: Strange Encounters of the Bird Kind </div><div>
</div>While out birding with the Thursday group at the Blue Grosbeak Trail today, someone noticed a bird flapping wildly in a blackberry bush.  Closer inspection showed it to be a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker, which had somehow managed to get its tail feathers impaled on a thorn.  It was hanging upside down and seemed unable to free itself.  The bird was thrashing wildly, but Les and I were able to break the stem to which it was hooked releasing it.  It should be able to complete the process of removing the thorn itself now that is is right side up.  Has anyone else had experience with birds catching themselves in thorny plants?

David Becher 
Saint Louis
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