Today we moved the female fledgling out of the intensive care unit and into a regular recovery cage. We have cleared some of the plaque from her mouth and throat and she is now able to eat on her own. Her weight is still really low but her attitude is much better. Her swollen eye is mostly open now and she appears to be seeing out of it. Emaciated birds are always a bit dicey in terms of recovery and we still do not know the extent of the tissue damage in her mouth and throat, but things are looking a bit brighter.
For those looking for a relatively cool place to be in the city today, Forest Park is beautiful. The temperatures are probably 20 degrees lower than the urban grid. The Audubon Sanctuary on Cornell Road is open all weekend with miles of trails.