Friday, April 29, 2011

The Miller Park hawk

Last spring, I provided a few links to birds being featured in Major League Baseball games for one reason or another. You can see them here and here. On Easter Sunday, I was watching yet another random baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers. It was at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Between innings and during a commercial break the crowd enjoyed some unexpected action as a hawk killed a pigeon on the field - check this video out!

The roof at Miller Park is retractable, and at the time it had been closed, so what appears to be a Cooper's Hawk was stuck inside. After the game the Brewers opened it up so that the hawk could fly out on its own. Initially, Major League Baseball was calling this a falcon, and I replied to them on their Twitter account from the CAS account that it was not (along with thousands of others I am sure). They seem to have made the correction. The hawk buzzed the dugout, flew around right field, landed in the stands - it put on quite a show for the large crowd. At the game the next day there were numerous signs for the hawk and even one saying "RIP pigeon" as it had become an Easter Sunday meal on the field. It was the talk of the town, and the post-game on Sunday, as all of the players went on and on about the odd experience.

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