We had two northern flickers come in this recently with head trauma. The first patient arrived after being hit by a car. The second was not only hit by a car but then scooped up by a cat as well! There is little we can do for a patient with head trauma and unfortunately it is a common injury especially among birds. Providing a safe and quiet place for the brain to heal is the best any rehabber can do unless other injuries become apparent. Both birds are eating on their own but seem to be having problems with their balance.
The first flicker to arrive has already been moved to an outdoor enclosure and is showing some flight capabilities but is still disoriented and having a tough time landing.
The second flicker patient (below) is still in the ICU as we are monitoring it more closely because of the risk for infection following the cat bite. This patient may have some vision loss – which could resolve on its own or could indicate significant damage to the brain.