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'Baby' Falcon Gets 15 Minutes of Fame After Landing on River North Balcony

By Kyla Gardner | September 2, 2015 6:06am | Updated on September 4, 2015 10:57am

CHICAGO — A "baby" falcon that turned out not to be a baby got its 15 minutes of fame over the weekend.

A River North resident snapped a photo late last week of the falcon perching on his balcony at Kingsbury Plaza, 520 N. Kingsbury St., in River North.

He was able to get the photo because his blinds were mostly closed, he said, and he didn't think the bird could see him.

The resident — who wanted to remain anonymous due to the attention given his Reddit post — posted the photo on the site and saw it quickly rise to the front page of the sharing site.

The interest in the bird was a surprise.

"I was just curious what kind of bird it was," he said.

He initially posted that the bird was a "baby falcon" due to its size, but learned it is more likely a full-grown American kestrel.

The city has its share of falcons nesting on balconies, but the River North resident hadn't seen as much as a pigeon or seagull take to his balcony before.

"I've lived there for three years and this is definitely the most unique [bird] I’ve seen," he said.

The American kestrel perches on a River North balcony. [Courtesy]

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