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Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

Hawk Lands On Moving Car -- And Decides He's Going For A Ride

“Staci and I have a bird emergency ..." 😂

BY CAITLIN JILL ANDERS

Rebecca Hobbs and Staci Eddy were driving through downtown Los Angeles one afternoon when, out of nowhere, a hawk landed on the hood of their car.



Surprised and bewildered, the two women started shouting in shock as the hawk stared at them through the windshield. As they carried on, they of course expected the hawk to quickly fly away … but he didn’t.

For whatever reason, the hawk absolutely refused to leave, even once the car started moving again.



“Get off of my car,” Hobbs is heard exclaiming in a video of the encounter. But the stubborn hawk had no plans to go anywhere, and instead continued to hitch a ride throughout downtown Los Angeles.



As the car made a sharp turn, the hawk stumbled a bit and both women screamed, but he managed to use his wings to keep his balance, and continued to ride along as if this was something he did every day.



In a desperate attempt to get help, Hobbs sent a text that said, “Staci and I have a bird emergency” to their friend Ken Nolan, who is coincidentally the screenwriter of the movie “Black Hawk Down.” Unfortunately, though, he wasn’t able to offer much advice. The women were worried the bird was somehow lost or injured, even though he seemed fine and pretty content to be cruising around Los Angeles.



As they drove, people kept coming out of restaurants and peeking out of their cars to marvel at the strange situation, and couldn’t help but take pictures of the hawk just hitching a ride.

Eventually, the women started trying to interact with the hawk, waving their hands around and watching as his eyes followed their hands. While the women were confused, they also eventually grew fond of their unusual hitchhiker.



Finally, after what seemed like forever, the hawk got bored of riding around, pushed off of the car and flew away. While everyone was relieved he was OK, they were still left baffled by the whole ordeal. If you’re ever in downtown Los Angeles, keep a lookout for the hitchhiker hawk — you never know when he’ll be looking for a ride.

“We felt like Uber for hawks,” Hobbs and Eddy wrote in the video. “Hope he gave us five stars.”

You can check out the full video of this awesome encounter below:



https://www.thedodo.com/in-the-wild/hawk-rides-on-car-in-downtown-los-angeles

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:05 AM

1. Looks like it could be a fledgling and confused

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Response to Beringia (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 10:59 AM

6. That's what I thought too.

We just had 4 baby hawks grow up on our old street. We just moved a few blocks away about a week ago. The hawks are now grown, but they hang out together and hunt together. They mostly get doves and pigeons from what I saw. They went after my adult son when he walked to the store one day. They never bothered me, but I was always walking big dogs. The hawks were constantly harassed by Mocking Birds though. Those little buggers are tough! There's lots of bird involved harassment in south Florida, but I do love watching them.

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Response to iscooterliberally (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 11:13 AM

7. Yes, and this is the season, about the time there are fledglings

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Response to Beringia (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 02:36 PM

8. Quite likely.

I volunteered for a wildlife rescue organization and we would sometimes refer to them as "dumb juvies" as they would do, well, dumb things and usually showed no particular fear of or aggressive behaviour towards humans or other sources of potential danger. Completely different story however when they become adults.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:13 AM

2. Well that was certainly exciting for them.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:27 AM

3. Now...... if only we can train it to land on trump's head.........

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 10:45 AM

4. A teenager on a dare?? An initiation rite? Now it worked, more hawks will hitch rides?

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 12:02 PM

5. that is so special.

hawks are my spirit animals. that's so special. i hope she's okay.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 04:09 PM

9. Mystifying mother nature! Compare the bird, all calm, cool and collected, with the humans

screaming and helpless...I think evolution for us has stopped!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 04:27 PM

10. I would have pulled over instead of driving slow

Maybe it was the camera angle from the passenger side but it looked like the hawk was blocking the drivers view of the road.As a driver, I want to see the entire road and view out of my windshield.

It's still amazing to see this, hope this young one is okay.


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Response to Niagara (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:03 PM

13. I would've used the windshield wipers......

...maybe hit the 'wash' button and hope he got a little taste of wiper fluid. Or hope they scared him off.

Did they try the horn? or the alarm? A car's got several weapons; they gotta try 'em.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:40 PM

16. The car alarm or horn might work to scare the hawk off the hood

I wouldn't recommend using the windshield wipers or wiper fluid since the Red Tailed Hawk is protected by law under the Federal Bird Treaty Act. I like to use the following link since the protected birds are listed in alphabetical order and makes it easier to find on the list http://www.pacificwildlife.org/info/online%20docs/fmbtalist.pdf


My main concern in watching this video, was the fact that the driver was distracted and her view looks to be obstructed. She could have caused harm to herself, her passenger or to a pedestrian. She should have just pulled over and enjoyed this one of a kind moment.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 05:38 PM

11. If a juvie, bad news.

Fledged juvies hang around the nest and are fed by parents. If the car trip was long, parents may not be able to provide supplementary food.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 01:57 PM

12. "Surfing safari"

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 05:21 PM

14. I have heard that they have problems w/ street peddlers...perhaps the bird was hawking his/her ...

goods for sale? Heh ha heh!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 06:06 PM

15. Why did they drive the bird out of the area ? Pull over you can get it off the hood

They seemed as confused as the bird

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:24 PM

17. When a hawk catches prey

it's hard to get them to let it go.

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