I work downtown Chicago and had a very interesting day yesterday. When I was leaving work I noticed a small crowd outside of my building. I went over to investigate and there was a juvenile tiercel peregrine sitting on the sidewalk. Needless to say it was a bit of a surprise that I would run into this situation, so i began to figure out how to secure the bird without incident. The building manager was able to provide a towel and it ended up being pretty easy to get it under control. I do rescues for a group in Chicago when I can, so it wasn't new to secure a wild raptor, but I'm usually called out to this sort of thing. The odds of a falconer leaving at that exact time and place are next to nil, so I felt very lucky for the experience. I have taken the bird to the Willowbrook rehab facility and it should be just fine. Note: it is banded, so Willowbrook should be able to get it back to where it came from pretty easily.
I have done many rescues over the past few years and most do not turn out well, but this was one that makes those times worth it.
As a falconer I recommend volunteering for raptor rescue as we already have to skills and lack of general fear to do the work. Just my $.02 Thanks, Mark White, Treasurer GLFA