"Hold on, I'm coming!" Derek shouted, as he pulled the car over and looked for a break in the speeding traffic.
Darting between vehicles, Derek rushed to recover the figure, a tiny pileated woodpecker who seemed frozen with fear.
Derek and Kristen, who had been riding with Derek, brought the bird to a local bird observatory who referred them to Wildwoods. Upon arrival, the new patient seemed miraculously unbroken but exhausted from his highway scare.
"[S]he had no obvious fractures and could move both wings and both legs," Wildwoods wrote on Facebook. "However, she was very lethargic. We gave her fluids and pain meds/anti-inflammatories and put her in a quiet place to rest."
Amazingly, in just a few hours, the little woodpecker began to perk up. "[N]ow she's looking good!" the rescue organization announced. "We will test-fly her soon, and when she's ready, release her back into her home territory. Thanks so much to Derek and Kristen for saving this beautiful bird's life!"