Instead of enjoying a little nip of a Chardonnay still on the vine, this red-shafted northern flicker encountered wrath among the grapes when it was attacked by a couple of dogs in March at a Gilroy vineyard. A neighbor walking his own dogs witnessed the incident and called WERC for a rescue. After a careful search through the rows of trellised vines, the bird was located hiding deep inside a ground squirrel hole. Fortunately, the dogs didn’t seriously injure the flicker, but gave it a brusque shaking. Because there was an old wound on its neck, it’s possible the bird had been previously injured, which might explain how the dogs were able to catch it.