BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A popular falcon that flew high over downtown Buffalo's buildings for years has been grounded following a severe injury.
The peregrine falcon is recovering but will never fly again.
Last week, the SPCA got a phone call from a man who said there was an injured bird on his balcony. "Pretty quickly we knew because it's banded. We called the DEC and we knew pretty quickly that this was that particular falcon," said Barbara Haney, Wildlife Services Director at the SPCA.
The DEC named him Ojibwa when he was born in Ohio in 2003. The peregrine flew to Buffalo four or five years later and had lived atop the Statler building since about 2008.
Ojibwa was rescued and came to the SPCA very dehydrated and with a broken wing in a section that's like a human's wrist. "It had to be removed for the comfort of the bird and also to save its life," said Haney.