The bird piggyback ride was spotted by a visitor to the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

By Kelli Bender
Updated August 04, 2015 06:30 PM
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Back in your grandparents’ day, birds were self-respecting creatures that used their own wings to get around. Now, it’s a bird-ride-bird world out there, so hold on to your butts.

Nature lover Mike White spotted an unusual sight on a recent visit to the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska and Idaho: a brave blackbird hanging on to the back of a red-tailed hawk.

According to the refuge, White was lucky enough to spy the piggyback ride with wings and snap a photo, which he submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“We see territorial blackbirds (among others) dive-bombing raptors, but this is definitely something you don’t see every day,” the DOI wrote on its Instagram post of the photo.