A peregrine falcon chick which can’t fly yet was lucky to survive after plummeting from its nest on the top of the Bucks County Council offices.
The young bird fell from its nest at around 11am yesterday and quickly became trapped in the building’s inner courtyard, causing quite a spectacle for office workers.
A spokesman from Bucks County Council said: “The chick was bobbing about in the courtyard, trying to fly, and it was like a zoo for about half an hour as council workers looked out of the windows. Even though it’s a baby, it’s still a rather large bird.”
Member of the Bucks Owl and Raptor Group Norman Shepherd – who has been heavily involved in the Bucks Peregrine Project – was summoned to rescue the stranded creature, which wasn’t injured after its ordeal.
The bird expert promptly captured the bird – which hatched in May – in his net, before taking lift up to the roof of the building in Walton Street and placing the brave chick back in its cosy nest.
The infant raptor is the only one that hatched this spring thanks to the breeding programme, which is now in its sixth year.