Just three new intakes this week. The most recent was a nestling mocker found in a parking lot. Unfortunately, he died the night of his intake. Based on the blood pooled around his beak the next morning, I suspect he got into chemicals while on the ground—God knows what kinds of residue he could have gotten on his skin and ingested as he preened his growing feathers…
This barred owl was luckier—he was found by the roadside favoring a wing and with one eye closed. Upon intake and examination, there were no broken bones, just some really trashed feathers. Within a few days he was alert enough for the raptor flight pen, but there may be soft tissue damage, as so far he refuses to fly.
The screeches continue to thrive and are still in indoor caging only because the barred owl is in the raptor flight. Unlike songbirds, raptors don’t play well together, so the screeches are stuck inside until we see if the barred owl’s soft tissue damage will resolve to allow flight.
The runt is still struggling, bless his little heart, but he IS trying and he eats well. He’s just so far behind his sib developmentally that I worry about him.