Not much new news on the injured red-tail fledgling (K2). He still has minimal to no sight in his right eye. The following is a report from our veterinarian Deb Sheaffer:
Unfortunately the youngster doesn’t have sight in the right eye. We’re still treating the inflammation and hope for return to sight, but the prognosis is guarded. We expect a recheck next week from the veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Susan Kirschner, and will know more then. Other than the eye the bird appears healthy.
The opportunity to reunite him with his family has now passed--he has fallen too far behind his sibling. We will continue to give the eye time to recover and if things do work out we will teach him to hunt in a flight cage before setting him free. However the hopes of release are also diminishing---the eye injury appears increasingly likely to be a situation of permanent vision loss. Hawks depend on their vision more than nay other sense for survival. Even an experienced hawk with one eye would have a low probability of survival. A young bird with no hunting experience would be at an incredible disadvantage. More on hawk eyes and hunting in future posts....
for those looking for something cool to do this weekend, check out Lost Bird at Watefront Park!