The Nationals and Astros will share a new spring training facility, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. But it looks like there's already a tenant ruling that roost: flocks of birds.
According to The Palm Beach Post, hundreds of birds are flying around the construction project. They're not only perching in the trees around the ballpark, but also on the light posts, batting cages and club house buildings.
The newspaper consulted a wildlife biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who identified the birds as a type of crow that scavenges for food.
A nearby landfill could be drawing them to the area, or they could be returning to their usual territory.
Before construction began, the land had been covered in vegetation and pine trees. The birds may have been displaced temporarily by the building, but returned once they discovered new places to roost at the ballpark.
Grass seed and fertilizer used at the site could also be attracting them.
Regardless of why the birds have flocked to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, they probably aren't leaving any time soon.
“Once the baseball stadium opens, with fans eating French fries and food, I’m sure they will be hanging around more,” the wildlife biologist said.
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