07012018 Eastern Screech Owl
On July 1st, Soarin' Hawk got a call about a screech owl that hit a ceiling fan in a gentleman's barn. He said that the nest was outside, and there were a family of screech owls in a nest. The babies were fledging and one of them flew into the barn. He was not flying after hitting the fan, so volunteer Vicki picked it up and took it to ICU where he was assessed.
Initial exam by our avian veterinarian: This little grey eastern screech owl was quiet but standing. His left wing had been wrapped by the person who did the intake and initial evaluation yesterday because his wing was drooping. Radiographs revealed a fractured collar bone. Fortunately this bone typically heals well if kept immobile with the wing on the affected side wrapped. No other problems were found. He is being treated with a pain reliever/anti-inflammatory medicine. Bloodwork results are pending. His prognosis is good for release back into the wild!