A couple of weeks ago when we were having a cup of tea with the volunteers, Kay was saying it had been a few weeks since we had a bird of prey in.
Well of course during the next few days we had a buzzard and two tawny owls arrive. Sadly one of the tawny owls had a smashed up wing and there was nothing that could be done for it so it had to be put to sleep. The other owl had taken a knock on the head. It was not able to stand but this could have been due to stress so we gave it a night of quiet, left it some food to let it have a good rest.
The next morning the bird was standing but had not eaten. We had to cut up its food and push it right into the birds crop as it was unable to swallow. It was also blind. The buzzard was weak and underweight and had also had a head injury that had happened a couple of days before as the wounds were scabbing over. We cut up food and the bird took it eagerly when we put it in its beak but it too was blind
After head trauma birds are sometimes blind for a while but the sight can come back after a while.
We continued to hand feed both birds. The tawny soon started swallowing and then we realised it could see and was not just following sounds. The buzzard was showing no improvement. The vet said it had detached retinas in both eyes, meaning it would not regain its sight so sadly it was put to sleep.
The tawny very quickly improved eating for himself and wrecking his cage during the night so he is now in the undercover aviary where he is coming on very well.