22News assists viewer who rescued injured Falcon in Agawam

It was trying to climb some rocks, but kept tumbling down

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP – It’s a story you’ll see only on 22News. The rescue of an injured falcon.

A viewer called our newsroom at around 7 o’clock Saturday night to report that a Falcon believed to have a broken wing was hobbling along the riverbank near the Springfield Yacht Club in Agawam.

The viewer, who saw the Falcon after a day on his boat, asked for some help contacting the proper authorities. So 22News called the Massachusetts Environmental Police, who responded within the hour, along with an animal control officer from the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Care and Adoption Center in Springfield.

Ed Spellacy of Belchertown told 22News he almost lost sight of the bird under the South End Bridge. It was trying to climb some rocks, but kept tumbling down. He wrapped his shirt around his hand and grabbed the bird to keep it safe until the environmental police showed up.

“I’m looking at it and looking at it. I see that it’s definitely an injured bird. I try to call some people and look on Google for who to call. The environmental police, but it was really hard to get a hold of people. Finally I called 22News and they lit a fire under somebody and we had somebody come out and pick the bird up. The bird is going to be taken care of,” said Ed Spellacy of Belchertown.

Peregrine Falcons are a bird of prey and are known for reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour during their hunting dive for prey.


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