Richie and Peggy observed Sir Screech’s calm demeanor in the exam room, where he sat unrestrained while we discussed his options and ultimate fate, and agreed that he would make an excellent educational bird. I left feeling that at least we had some options now.
He seems unsure exactly where his food is and will often bite hesitantly at air until he finds the forceps, or until I move them closer. This is not cruel teasing; I need to determine if it’s just that his depth perception is off from having only one good eye or if he’s truly having difficulty seeing. What I’ve discovered thus far is that both depth perception and peripheral vision seem off. As long as his food is offered directly in front of his good eye, he can see it. In effect, he seems to have tunnel vision in his good eye.
And—and this is probably going to seal his fate—if you’ll look at the two 100% crops of his eyes from one of last week’s photos and one of this week’s photos, you can see marked deterioration in the pupil. See how “clean” the edges are in last week’s image, as opposed to the jagged edges in this week’s image?
What does this mean for the screech? He’ll be making another trip to Smalley’s this week for further examination, but I suspect it’s not going to be good news.