Musta Just Numbed Him

This red bellied woodpecker hit the glass in the kitchen door with a sharp thump and fell to the porch, insensible.  Mrs J walked it out to the stump and set it down, breathing but limp.  After a few minutes it revived enough to fly away.
The title is from a comment that I still remember after nearly 50 years. An old pipefitter was describing a quail hunt, he had downed a bird but when he went to retrieve it the quail flew up and away. “Musta just numbed ‘im.”


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