Hawk Trapped In Andrew Square T Station

By Jim Smith, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — Imagine being on the Red Line at Andrew Station and not being able to find the exit — kind of like that old song about a guy named Charlie stuck on the MTA.

But this isn’t a guy. This is a bird — a red tailed hawk to be exact.

The young hawk has been trapped in the rafters at the station for a few days now.

The Animal Rescue League showed up because they were worried the bird of prey was getting thirsty.

Danielle Genter of the Animal Rescue League said she was trying to lure him down with water. “I’m trying to get him to come down. Running water works better. He’ll come down for water.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

The hawk somehow got trapped in the above netting that the T installed to keep pigeons out of the rafters. Now they’ve got a raptor in the rafters.

Commuters are sympathetic. One said the bird must have family and doesn’t need to be up there. Another expressed confidence that the hawk would get out, saying, “He’s just scared right now and needs his space and some time.”

The Animal Rescue League and transit police tried everything from throwing rocks at the hawk to scaring it. They even tried tossing bits of a hot dog, but the bird seemed unimpressed — preferring to stay high above the fray.

By day’s end, the hawk was still stuck at its Andrew Square perch.

  • David

    I wonder if this was the one I saw on my fire escape of my Boston University Dorm this past Friday.


    • kathiebalmes

      Your all idiots! Cut the netting and let the bird fly away on it’s own!!!! How hard is that to figure out!

  • cynic

    How much did the MTA pay for the netting that can’t keep Hawks out let alone Pigeons.

  • cynic

    Know what will really keep Pigeons out?…..A Hawk……Lets have Hawks in all the Stations.

  • Joe

    they want to do anything for the Hawk they need to get some mice up there instead of a hot dog, I use to work with wild life the mice need to be dead but warm. Put them near the hole and the Hawk will at least eat.

  • Ruby

    First of all, that is a juvenile Cooper’s hawk, not a red tail.
    Secondly, throwing objects at the raptor could be considered animal abuse as it is a protected species.
    Lastly, cut the netting- if a hawk could get in there, it is obviously not a deterrent to pigeons.

    • sloppy_joe

      Hey Ruby, first of all get a life- have you ever kissed a girl before?

  • ann

    this bird like mice he does kill his own pray.
    i got one in my back yard sitting in my tree
    He does go for the feild mice in my yard or squarls
    good luck getting him

  • cynic

    If he likes Mice he won’t have any trouble finding a meal at the T…If you get bored waiting for the train you could kill some time by counting the Mice down in the pit,Especially at Park Street…….RUBY….Good points.

  • fenwaycat

    REMOVE THE NET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lowell Larry

    Save the Hawk, take the net down.

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