Injured peregrine falcon recovering at SPCA serving Erie County

WEST SENECA, NY (WIVB) –– It’s feeding time at an outdoor enclosure, where the Wildlife Department of the SPCA Serving Erie County is nursing Franklin, a Peregrine Falcon.

“He’s not eating on his own yet which is not a surprise for these birds, they’re very high stress birds peregrines are in captivity,” said Beverly Jones, SPCA Serving Erie County Wildlife Veterinary Technician.

On July 5th, Franklin was found on the corner of Pearl and Swan Street in downtown Buffalo. The DEC was able to determine Franklin is a Statler Tower fledgling through a band around his foot.

“It just came out of the nest so a little awkward and got in trouble and slammed into something we can only guess how it was injured, but the injury is definitely an impact injury,” said Barbara Haney, SPCA Serving Erie County Director of Wildlife.

Wildlife Department officials say Franklin broke part of his shoulder, called the coracoid.

“Once the bone is healed enough we’ll be able to take the wing wrap off and we’ll be able to exercise him. He is undergoing physical therapy every few days,” said Jones.

They’re hopeful Franklin will recover, but think he’ll likely be at the SPCA for the next month.

Peregrine falcons are known for being the fastest flyers on the earth, reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. But for now, Franklin has to take it easy.

“At some point this bird would be transferred to a rehabilitator who has caging that’s large enough to free fly these birds for exercise,” said Jones. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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