We had really bad storms move through the Twin Cities on Thursday and Friday nights. They were powerful storms with destructive lightning that caused a number of fires and straight-line winds that toppled hundreds of trees and caused wide-spread power outages. There are big sections of the area that have been without power for several days and won't get it back for several more days.
The terrible winds whipped up fierce sheets of rain that tore off lots of branches and along with them the birds and squirrels sheltered in them. The wooded lot is a shambles with broken branches everywhere. I keep looking out there to see if there are any survivors of the storm but nothing is stirring. I threw some birdseed down in there. This usually produces a several squirrels to come running. Today there is nothing.
The Wildlife Rehab Center is swamped with birds and animals rescued from downed trees. Sadly, there are many that cannot be rescued.
The friend-of-a-friend posted this on Facebook
We had a very bad storm in Minneapolis Friday and I've been without
power since. Several downed trees, flash flooding in my neighborhood and
the largest power outage in the state's
history. While biking around the damage yesterday, I heard woodpecker
calls coming from a tree trunk on the ground. Walking over I realized
the tree had fallen with the entrance hole on the ground and the chicks
were stuck. It was too heavy for me or even one other person to move.
I biked around until I saw a tree guy with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
driving by and flagged him down. Even though he had hundreds of trees
and branches to deal with, he followed me to the tree and helped
delicately cut the trunk so we could roll it over. The chicks were
freaked, but we could see they were close to fledging. He documented the
tree and said they would lean it up and leave it the next week so the
birds could fledge. I watched from a distance and listened to the chicks
call and within five minutes, the adults flew in, calling back to them.
Still processing it, but that is the one really wonderful thing about
storms. How much we help each other, even birds trapped in a tree
trunk. Thank you, Dan, from Minneapolis Park and Rec.
If you look close, you can make out a young hairy woodpecker face in the hole.
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