It’s no secret that this spring has been a bit soggy in these parts. If you’re looking for more proof, just ask David Utterback, athletic administrator for the Brewer School Department.
His baseball facility, Heddericg Field, is too wet to play on. And a local duck has decided the new wetland is the perfect spot to lay a few eggs and hunker down until they hatch.
Utterback said Dennis Kiah and Phil Pushard, who do some grounds work for the athletic department, discovered the duck’s nesting spot Thursday when they prepared to close a sliding outfield gate. The duck had set up camp between the stationary right field fence and the gate, and had built a cozy nest of leaves.
The duck’s nest is about 10 feet to the right of the right-field line, putting it (appropriately) in “fowl” ground.
The fact a duck had moved in didn’t really come as a surprise to Utterback, who said discussions on facility upgrades are ongoing.
“We’re certainly not trying to sensationalize or exaggerate the condition of Heddericg Field. It is wet,” Utterback said. “For the last three years it’s been very wet and borderline unuseable for about three-quarters of the baseball season. We haven’t been able to use it for our baseball teams, and that’s across four teams for us and seven grade levels.”
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their...
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