A frightened mother and daughter waited in their garage for police to arrive at around 2:30 p.m. on Dec 19, after the daughter heard a scratching sound coming from inside her bedroom. Police said she shut her bedroom door and got out of the house with her mother.
An animal control officer saw bird droppings inside the house, so he opened the young woman's bedroom windows to let the bird fly out. Then he said a large red-headed woodpecker get stuck in the blinds.
Breaking free from the blinds, police said the woodpecker flew into the master bedroom, leaving droppings along the way. The officer told the women to open all of the windows and the bird finally escaped through one of them, according to the report.
Police believe it was either a Pileated or a Red Sapsucker woodpecker and said it probably entered the house through the fireplace chimney.