Saturday, May 08, 2010

Wildlife at Target Field

Thursday night's Twins game against Baltimore wasn't the most exciting game to watch on TV. A light rain was falling, and Joe Mauer was out of the lineup with a bruised heel. The Twins just couldn't seem to come through with hits when there were guys on base.

But there was one unlikely star of the show that night: a kestrel. Right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. This bird decided the right field foul pole was a great place to hang out. After all, there were lights, and where there are lights, there are moths. And that means EASY DINNER!

The announcers and camera operators caught on to this spectacle in the middle of the game, and soon close ups of the kestrel were shown on the scoreboard and broadcast on TV. When the bird caught a large moth and started eating it (shown above), the crowd went wild.

Of course, birds and baseball are two of my favorite things, and I was thrilled to see the attention being given to an avian guest at a ball game. Actually, I am intrigued by the phenomenon. Maybe it's part of the novelty of outdoor baseball for a team that has played over 25 years indoors, under a dome on a sterile Astro Turf field. Baseball was meant to be played outside. People were meant to be outside. And if a small falcon can cause so much excitement, there is hope for humanity.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

This is so COOL!

Peg said...

Birds & Baseball. Two of my favorites!
Saw this Kestral atop the pole at an earlier game also.
Opportunistic little Falcon.

webb said...

There is a pair of peregrine falcons that nest on the 26th floor balcony of a downtown office building nearby. When they are successful in having chicks the entire downtown stops to watch out for them.

Must be something in our DNA that loves big birds in places where it takes extra guts for them to stay!