Walgreens staffer, police rescue injured falcon in Loop
A peregrine falcon named "Squawker" guards a nest at the top of the Evanston Public Library in May 2010. A similar injured bird was rescued in the Loop today. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / June 6, 2012)
Jun Bisonia, 45, of Chicago, was on break about 3:30 p.m. and was making a phone call behind the Walgreens at 151 N. State St. when he happened to glance near a trash can.
“He was surprised, very surprised,’’ said his co-worker Neil Zamora who was assigned to the sushi bar with Bisonia, and who translated Bisonia’s Filipino.
“He noticed the bird lying on the ground, spread out but moving,’’ Zamora said. “The bird was in trouble and he kind of picked it up and took care of it.’’
Zamora said Bisonia carefully placed the injured bird in a box and then rushed back into work, where he told his supervisors and they contacted authorities.
Andreas Morgen, a spokesman for Animal Care and Control, said they were called to the State Street address for a falcon but by the time they got there, police had taken it to the museum.
“We normally would have picked up the bird and gone ahead to provide triage needed but police took the bird to the Field Museum,’’ said Andreas Morgen, a spokesman for the Animal Care and Control.
Morgen said the city has a falcon population that preys on pigeons.
“Falcons usually have nests in high rocky areas or areas high above ground,’’ he said. The city provides an “ideal nesting place’’ for falcons, which are brownish gray and black in color and can have wingspans of “close to two feet’’ as adults, Morgen said.
Police discovered the falcon had a band on its foot that led them to contact the Field Museum, said Central District police Sgt. David Villalobos.
“They got a hold of the museum and it was delivered over there,’’ the sergeant said.
“They were very happy to get their bird back,’’ said the sergeant. “It was a big bird that needed help.’’
A representative for Field Museum was not available immediately.