Two falcons attack busy Chicago street in order to protect their young

Multiple Chicago walkers have been attacked by a pair of falcons along Wacker Drive. The falcons are raising their offspring and attacking people walking below their nest.

  • Chuck Valauskas, a commuter from his job, was hit in the head by a peregrine. The attack left him with a 1-inch-long gash in his head.

  • Two peregrine hawks have been diving-bombing people on Wacker Drive, Chicago. These birds are trying to keep people at bay because they recently gave birth.

  • Peregrine Falcons can dive up to 200 miles per hour. The local building manager has warned residents not to follow the same path.

Beware of pedestrians who approach too close to the nest.

Chuck Valauskas was hit by a falcon. He felt a thud as he walked below the nest on the seventh floor ledge, one day last week.

Valauskas, who told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was unsure of what it was, said: “It felt like a softball 16 inches in diameter.”


He has a 1″ gash on his forehead and avoids the area beneath the nest. He has received a tetanus vaccination to be on the safe side.

The building security guards confirmed that at least another person was also clobbered.

Two signs with the words “Warning!” have been placed by building managers. Beware of falcons. Parents will attack in order to protect their babies from falling off the building ledge. “Take a different route.”

A peregrine takes off on June 1, 2023 from 100 S. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. (Ashlee Resin/Chicago Sun-Times, via AP).

Ruben Guardiola, who lives on the 10th-floor window opposite the falcon nest, has been watching the falcons from there for the past two weeks. He observed the raptors become aggressive towards passers-by after their chicks hatches last week.


Guardiola said, “Look at that building. Guardiola stated that the building was “built for” birds. There are no predators, and no humans.

Mary Hennen, the director of Chicago Field Museum‘s peregrine bird program, said that falcons have been nesting at the building every spring since at least 2016.

She said that the birds have nestled so low this year, they are now aggressive towards humans who walk below.

Peregrine Falcons are capable of diving at speeds exceeding 200 mph.

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Hennen explained, “It is just a mother protecting her baby.” Their reflex is to swoop on you. It’s done to make you scared.

She said that the falcons could leave within a few weeks or days, once the chicks are able to fly.

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