VDOT crews rescue injured Peregrine falcon on the HRBT

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — VDOT crews at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel rescued an injured Peregrine falcon Wednesday afternoon.

VDOT says the falcon was sitting against a jersey wall on the HRBT’s south island during afternoon rush hour traffic. A photographer from Virginia Beach, Tim Curtis, spotted the injured bird and alerted tunnel crews.

Coincidentally, Curtis was returning from photographing the release of a bald eagle at Berkeley Plantation when he spotted the injured falcon.

Operations Program Manager Tim Morrison, Tunnel Safety Service Patroller Adolph Bacon and Crew Leader Randy Varnell rescued the bird and wrapped it in a towel before handing it off to Curtis, who took it to a raptor rehabilitator in South Norfolk.

The bird was then taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. A doctor they’re determined an open fracture on the falcon’s left wing could not be repaired. The falcon was euthanized on September 29 following the initial exam.