Target Field hawk eats moth, crowd goes wild [VIDEO]

Is this Major League Baseball

This hawk passed up the Twins Big Dog in favor of a Twins Big Moth.
This hawk passed up the Twins Big Dog in favor of a Twins Big Moth.

or the Animal Channel?

One of the unexpected surprises of the Twins' new outdoor digs at Target Field has been the spontaneous adoption of a new mascot: An American Kestrel that loves to perch on the right foul pole and catch snacks in the stadium lights.

During the otherwise lackluster game against the Orioles yesterday, the Kestrel provided a welcome distraction for fans as well as announcers as they watched the bird catch and consume a giant moth.

Not only did the Kestrel shag the moth out of the lights, he proceeded to graphically dismember it, consuming its meaty parts and shucking the wings like peanut shells.

Here's a fan video. When it nabs a moth at 00:35 seconds in, you can hear the crowd goes wild!

The American kestrel is the smallest falcon found in North America, and with the exception of the Seychelles kestrel, the world. Like all members of the genus Falco, American kestrels have dark eyes, a notched beak, and unfeathered legs. Males have a rusty back, blue wings, and a rusty-colored tail with a black terminal band. Females have rusty wings, back, and tail, all marked with black barring. Both sexes have a dark vertical line running through the eye with white cheek and chin patches. The top of their head is blue with a rusty cap, usually brighter in males than females.

A cavity nester, the American kestrel uses holes in trees, artificial nest boxes, or small spaces in buildings. Both males and females incubate the eggs, which hatch about 30 days after being laid. Three to five young are often hatched. They grow very quickly, assuming adult weight in about two and a half weeks and fledging about a month after hatching. They will nest again if the first nest fails and have been reported to raise two broods per year in some of the southern states.

In summer, kestrels feed on insects that they catch either on the ground or in the air. They will also eat small rodents and birds. Wintering birds feed primarily on rodents and birds.

Update: The Target Field Hawk apparently has its own Twitter Account, and his name is "Kirby the Kestrel."

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