Fans flock to Coors Field for the birds

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DENVER -- In a lot of ways, Joe Roller is your typical baseball fan.

He loves the Rockies and loves attending games, but with the Rockies sitting dead last in National League West, the retired doctor admits he's become a little distracted, perhaps even a little bird brained.

His eyes have been wandering from the debacle on the field to the slugfest in the skies. Roller is one of several dozen fans flocking to Coors for the birds.

"It keeps you from falling asleep or staring at your shoes," he said. "People want to come down here and say what's all the excitement? Starlings, rock pigeons, maybe a hawk.”

Roller is one of a growing number of baseball fans who "e-bird," meaning they upload what they see on the field to an online database shared by birders from around the world.

Sure, some nights are a "wild goose chase." Thursday was one of them. But sightings at Coors Field are so common the stadium has been declared an official e-bird hot spot.

“The birds know to wait until people have had a couple of beers and start spilling popcorn. That's where the money is, fifth inning maybe,” Roller said.

"We've got it all over Yankees Stadium. It's like Coors Field 27, Yankees Stadium 15, so it was a slugfest,” he added.

It’s proof this season's still got a silver lining, regardless of what may happen on the field.

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