Video: Wild Falcon Hunts Prey From Atop Foul Pole

The biggest star of Target Field isn’t a member of the Twins. It’s a wild hawk prone to dismembering opponents from high above the MLB team’s new diamond.

Kirby The Kestrel Eats Moth While Atop Foul Pole At Target Field

The falcon, named “Kirby” by fans participating in a Fox Sports North poll, has been seen throughout the season perched atop a foul pole at Target Field after dark. That high-profile perch is the hawk’s home base as it dines on moths attracted to the stadium lights.

Kirby The Kestrel Eats Moth While Atop Foul Pole At Target Field

Kirby has become so popular that he’s attracted the online birdwatching community at AskTheBirds.org.

I love Minnesota Twins baseball, and I love watching birds. Well, last night the two came together and I enjoyed both at the same time. From time to time throughout the game, the Twins’ announcers, Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven, commented about an American Kestrel that was perched on the right field foul pole.

The camera operators showed the bird to the TV audience several times. Finally, late in the game we saw the kestrel actually catch a moth in mid-air and then eat it while perched on the foul pole.

The Twins lost 2-0, so that little falcon was really the star of the game! I am planning a trek to Target Field later this summer. I sure hope I get to see that kestrel!


The Twins aren’t charging Kirby as far as I know.

Target Mascot Dog Bullseye Front Row Of Target Field

Then again, he’s not in the front row.

Target Mascot Dog Bullseye Front Row Of Target Field

Thanks to Kevin Hoffman.