On Sunday lunchtime we had a call from the Police Office at Lochgilphead. An injured buzzard had been found by two of their officers, and they wondered f we could take the bird. We arranged to meet at Inverary, which would save us some time, and allow us to get the bird back to the hospital for treatment. The bird was in good condition, feather perfect and heavy. But there was blood coming from its mouth, a swelling on its head and an eye half closed. Clearly the bird had received a hefty blow, was suffering from concussion and would no doubt be very sore when it came round.
When we got back to Hessilhead we were surprised to discover that another buzzard had been delivered, this one from Arrochar. And we had passed through Arrochar twice! It was also a road traffic victim.
The Lochgilphead bird could treat at Hessilhead, with anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and painkillers. The Arrochar bird had a dislocated wrist, and had to visit the vet on Monday. Its wing has been wired in place, and hopefully when this is removed in two weeks, the bones will stay in place. The bird will then need plenty of exercise in an aviary.