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Peregrine Falcon after hours rescue

I received a call after hours Friday evening from the State Patrol at the Capitol Building informing me that a Peregrine Falcon was trapped on the 14th Floor observation deck.  This is the area that is open to the public where folks can go out and view the city.  I assembled myself and made the short trek over to the Capitol.  The photos, below, explain the subsequent events.

Trapped Peregrine Falcon
Hello, fancy seeing you here.  Indeed, an adult Peregrine Falcon was trapped on the 14th floor of the Capitol Friday evening. It turned out to be the resident male (19/K).
cornered Peregrine Falcon
The Peregrine Falcon cornered, moments before capture.
Captured Peregrine Falcon
The Peregrine Falcon captured. The bird was uninjured (thank goodness).
Peregrine Falcon release
The rescued Peregrine Falcon moments before release.  The bird was released on the 18th floor.
Peregrine Falcon release
The release.  It looks a little awkward, but he was off without a hitch.

Again, ol’ 19/K was not injured and can hopefully put the episode behind him and move on with life.  Thanks to the State Patrol at the Capitol for their assistance on this rescue and for snapping a couple photos!

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About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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