Trending: Injured Bald Eagle Rescued From Backyard

The eagle has landed, and he injured his wing.

An injured Bald Eagle sitting on a fence in suburban Chicago.
An injured Bald Eagle sitting on a fence in suburban Chicago.
By Lorraine Swanson

Oak Lawn, Ill. – Barry Adamczyk has fished raccoons out of  attics, chased opossum from garages, and dealt with foxes, but he never got a call like the one he received Thursday reporting an injured Bald Eagle in a backyard.

“My first thought, ‘yeah, right,’” Adamczyk said, the animal control officer for Oak Lawn. “I doubt it’s an eagle. We get all kinds of calls for hawks."

When Adamczyk arrived at the man’s house the he pointed out the bird sitting on the chain link fence.

“It had a white head. It was definitely a big bird,” Adamczyk said. “I thought, ‘Holy cow, this is a Bald Eagle.”

Adamczyk called another animal control officer – Rob Negrete – from a nearby community for help. Adamczyk and his colleague gathered some equipment for the wildlife rescue.

“He looked like he had a broken wing,” Adamczyk said.

“We weren’t going to sit there and debate who got to pick him up,” Adamczyk said. “I had the net and the binos, and Rob had the gloves so he just bent down and scooped him up.”

The eagle was definitely aware of what was happening and didn’t put up a fight.

“I don’t think his actions were normal so he could have been dehydrated,” Adamczyk said. “It was easy going, he didn’t try to nip. The whole rescue took about five minutes.”

“Other than a broken wing, he seemed in good health,” Adamcyzk added.

The eagle was brought to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in DuPage County, Illinois, where hopefully it will be nursed back to health.

Bald eagles stand about three feet tall and have a wingspan of six to eight feet. Bald Eagles were placed on the U.S. endangered species list in 1967. They were  removed from the list in 2007.

Carol February 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I love it! Thank you for sharing this story. Good luck to the Majestic eagle!
Lawyer1 February 22, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Good catch.......hope he fairs well.
joe February 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Why is this under local news? It's not in n.j.
Melissa Bysura February 22, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Or in Stow, Ohio. I'm sick of Patch
Wayne Wagner February 22, 2014 at 01:51 PM
An IL story in Westford, MA. PATCH please provide local stories like back in the Andrew Sylvia days of real reporting.
Carole Roskoph February 22, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Same here in Cherry Hill, NJ. What happened to the local stuff? That was the only reason I subscribed. May be unsubscribing soon.
kath752202 February 22, 2014 at 02:31 PM
This has nothing to do with my area. What has happened to the patch?
tojo February 22, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Yo! Lawyer one! That would be, I hope he "Fares" well. Are you sure you're a lawyer?
Doreen Henry February 22, 2014 at 02:48 PM
They got rid of local reporters and will be posting articles like this. Its a shame because I looked forward to reading LOCAL stories about Doylestown/Buckingham/New Britain in the Doylestown/Buckingham/New Britain PATCH.
Sally Hauck February 22, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Why don't we have FALMOUTH news any more?? I am going to cancel this ifyou don't have some local news!
Lucretia B February 22, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Great job. Take good care of my best friend.
T. February 22, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Who cares that this isnt something that happened in your backyard? The rest of the patch is dedicated to your town.
Edward February 22, 2014 at 04:19 PM
its a trending story, click on local you dumbasses.
MoonBeamWatcher February 22, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Edward, your the dumbassed one THEY are all "TRENDING" nothing is what it was before they fired all the Basketweavers who could only get employment at Patch!
teacherbrii2334 February 22, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Why is it called Hillsborough Patch if there is never news about Hillsborough? Visit 365ThingsToDoInHillsborough on Facebook. .....you help create local news...The Patch is horrible!
Mick February 22, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Note to the reporter: I'm certainly happy that the eagle was rescued, but it wasn't "brought" to the care center...it was "taken" there.
Ben M February 22, 2014 at 07:23 PM
"TRENDING" This title is the most anoying and mis-used title on Patch I have ever seen. One injured Bald Eagle being rescued in a back yard IS NOT TRENDING! Also, this is not the local news that Patch is all about.
Michael Hunt February 22, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Patch slashed the hell out of its staff nationwide back in the late spring.
Manny February 22, 2014 at 07:55 PM
I guess there is no news to share in New Jersey. I continue to feel tricked into thinking I'm about to read local news. I'm tired of Patch.
Michael Hunt February 22, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Crap hours, low pay, nonexistent benefits -- you too, Manny, can be a news reporter!
pat February 22, 2014 at 10:39 PM
Joe, On your eagle comment, don't spoil a nice story.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer February 23, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Great pic and story about this injured bald eagle. When we were in alaska recently, saw a couple of bald eagles that no longer could fly because of injuries etc. It is kind of neat to get that close to such a large and madnificent bird.
Jane Nowisczski February 23, 2014 at 07:32 AM
I agree with Kath75202--we need more news about the Babylon area----for instance--what's going on with the restaurant that is being built in South Bay Shopping Center.
OakLawnGuy February 23, 2014 at 08:04 AM
The Patch cut loose 2/3 of their editors 2 weeks ago, and it appears the remaining eds are pulling double and triple duty. From what I've read, it was part of the sale terms from AOL to Hale Global. It will take some time for the sites to shake out, however the parent company decides to handle it, but for now it seems hiper-local just got less hiper-.
Marcia McGee February 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Not in my area. Patch has gotten sooooo lazy. Just clip and paste reporting.
Peter Poss February 23, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Don't know about the previous editorial comment's. Easily caught? The bald eagle could have been a previously rehabilitated eagle such as could have come from the Univ. of MN Raptor Center or a similar facility. Any leg bands or identifying markings? Peter
Dave M. February 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Why is this on Smithtown (NY) Patch?? HP must really be sucking for stories if it's putting "news" from 800 miles away on a local Patch
Marcus Johansson February 23, 2014 at 06:49 PM
People are starting to revolt against Patch. You can see the revolt in the comments sections of every article nowadays. People really did use to like Patch, but there is no local news anymore. What's the point of it? The point isn't that this article is bad or important or interesting, because it might be. The point is that this has no relevance to Mt. Airy Patch (where I'm reading it). Right now it's not an overstatement to say Patch is a carcass masquerading as local news. It's sad. But Patch should acknowledge it somehow! Not keep on keeping on, doing a poor job. Actually acknowledge that there is a problem and reassure its readers. But it has done no such thing. Admit your mistakes and move on. But don't play us for fools.
George February 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I live up north along the Fox River. I was driving home from work one afternoon and watched one of these magnificent creatures land in a tree along the river. Glad they've come back and are starting to be seen more and more in Illinois
Grumpy Old Man February 24, 2014 at 04:48 PM
The Lincoln Park Zoo has two bald eagles which were injured in the wild. Both were injured, can't fly so can't be released. One has been there since it was young and didn't have the bald (white) head. Now he does. I live in Chicago so this is not a problem for me - I do sympathize with others from other areas getting non local stories. There was a great video on AOL some time back - 40 bald eagles in Alaska lighting (at different times) on the back of a pick up truck carrying fish. Absolutely magnificent birds - glad Benjamin Franklin didn't get his way and make the Turkey our national symbol (I love turkey so I'm prejudiced).


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