A baby falcon pokes up his head at 1130 S. Michigan Ave. (Screenshot )
The ‘Hawks aren’t on tonight, but the Falcons are playing right now in Chicago.
Two recently hatched Falcons and their territorial mother are currently perched atop 1130 S. Michigan Avenue, and the property – in conjunction with Chicago’s Field Museum – is broadcasting the scene for the city’s viewing pleasure.
The predatory bird first flew in to the West Loop property in 2010, after construction displaced the habitat on a nearby building. Greg Martin, Vice President of D and K Properties, notes that was the same year the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.
“That year, everyone was psyched up,” Martin, whose company manages the property, said, adding that the buildings tenants wore jerseys and even named some of the chicks Kane and Toews.
Martin said the Field Museum, which monitors the protected species, will likely tag the birds for tracking in June. He said the webcam is a popular feature for people who live in the property. Even if there isn’t too much action most of the time, he said those who obsessively tune in can see the mother Falcon nabbing a rat or other food for her younglings.
Martin said he isn’t reading too much into the Falcons return to the property this year, but with the Hawks success so far in the playoffs, anything is possible.
“You know hometown fans are the most superstitious fans in the world,” he said. “I wear a jersey all the time when I go to games and I wear the same hat. Maybe there is something to it. Who knows?”
The 1130 South Michigan webcam isn’t the only glimpse of wild Falcons in Chicago. The Field Museum also works with the University of Illinois Chicago to monitor a Peregrine Falcon habitat on the 28th floor of University Hall. It can be viewed here.
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