We've been going through falcon withdrawl here at SMM the past couple springs with the loss of the smokestack tower that was home to a nesting family of peregrines. But now comes one more great reason to go check out the Minnesota Twins' new ball park, Target Field, when it opens up in Minneapolis next month. A pair of red-tailed hawks have built a nest in the support structure behind the huge outfield scoreboard. The Star-Tribune includes the hawks in its photos of the day today (last image of the slide show). While it's good news for raptor nuts like myself, it might not be such good news for (Baltimore) Orioles, (St. Louis) Cardinals or (Toronto) Blue Jays coming to the stadium later this season – or outfield fans who are attempting to eat a hot, juicy hot dog.
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KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

I'm going to the first baseball game to be played on the field this weekend (Gophers, [email protected]) and will be keeping my eyes peeled for a hawk sighting. Thanks for sharing!

posted on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 2:32pm
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Ricky Bobby says:

What is up with the hawk?

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:08pm
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myjah says:

This must be the hawk who sits on the right field pole during all of the games! He must like it, being able to see all the moths in the lights (and all his cheering fans below). He's been on Baseball Tonight (ESPN) and MLB Tonight (MLB Network).

We named him Kirby. Of course. Everyone was watching him tonight--not the game!!

posted on Thu, 05/06/2010 - 10:04pm
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Chris M says:

I was at the game tonight (5/6) and saw the hawk. It would swoop down to right field (sometimes land), then fly back up to its perch of either the flagpole or on top of the right field foul pole. It was feeding on the moths attracted to the lights. The crowd in right field would cheer every time it would fly off its perch and grab another moth. It was a pretty neat night at the ball park.

posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 12:43am
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BAMBAM says:

The Hawk has ben named "Justin Moth-No"
As he dives and snatches moths in mid-air! It is quite a site! The beauty and the power of this bird is incredible to watch. People cheer as "Moth-No" soars down from his right field perch, the yellow foul line pole and ALLWAYS gets his dinner!

posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 7:05am
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Anonymous says:

The bird that was at the game last night was a male Kestrel (which is the smallest falcon) not a hawk.
He sure was entertaining to watch. I'm looking forward to seeing him at the other night games this season. You can find out more about the Kestrel at http://kestrelwatch.ahc.umn.edu/kestrel_home.cfm

posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 12:28pm
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Anonymous says:

That's dumb. No one, NO ONE is calling it "Moth-No". That is a weak play one words not really even that clever and you jsut made it up.

posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 1:45pm

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