The vet has come and gone. Dawn was sedated and the vet took a good look inside her mouth. No damage to her teeth, which is good news, but she does have a 4-inch long laceration that's pretty deep - into the muscle - on one side of her tongue. No wonder there was so much blood. We'll never know for sure how she managed to do that while at the gate waiting to come in from turnout. The vet said it should heal up really well in 10 days to two weeks, without stitches. She's on Banamine for the swelling for a few days and also on a course of oral antibiotics (Uniprim - which is sulfadiazine and trimethoprim). I'm also supposed to rinse her mouth out with a 50/50 solution of Listerine a couple of times a day to flush particles out of the wound. We'll soak her pellets and add the powdered antibiotics (which are apparently apple-flavored, so here's hoping she eats them). No riding except in a bitless bridle (if she's comfortable with that) for two weeks. She's in her stall recovering from the sedation, and I'll go back in an hour or so to check on her and feed her dinner and her hay.
* * * * * *
We feed birds over the winter from a variety of feeders. We get lots of American Goldfinches at our thistle feeders - they're in their olive-green winter plumage. Recently, though, we've had another visitor who joins the usual goldfinches - he's on the right in the photos that follow:
He's a European Goldfinch, and one of our local birdwatchers says he's been around for about two years or so. He could have somehow made it over here from Europe, or more likely he's an escapee from captivity - in any event he seems to be thriving. His black and white and red face is distinctive, and he's larger than our usual goldfinches.
This morning we also had another visitor to our feeder area - but one not interested in seeds but in the bird life at the feeders:
I believe that this is a Cooper's Hawk. We often see him swooping over the feeders, and from time to time he catches a bird. Today he had no luck and flew off after a few moments.