Friday, October 4, 2013

Victoria Crowned Pigeon at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park

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On Thursday, Donnie, the boys, and I went to Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck NC.  They opened The Landing Zone in March, and we were anxious to make a trip there to check it out!    We weren't disappointed!  We all had a great time holding the birdseed sticks and letting the parakeets land on the sticks and our hands and even Donnie's hat.  Johnny was Mr. Giggle.  I can still here his joy visiting with the birds.  Besides  parakeets, we were also able to hold some food pellets and feed some flamingos.  Just too cool!

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We also had an interesting experience at the park.  Seemingly, a wild Blue Jay tried to steal food out of Johnny's hnd and land in his hair.  What?!?  As it turns out, BenJay was a rehab Blue Jay that fell out of his nest as a baby, was nursed until he was old enough to be set free, and then was released into the park.  Apparently, BenJay often greets visitors asking for food.  One of the rehabers was a little boy with dark brown hair, so BenJay may have bonded with Johnny the most because of his similar appearance.  Again, Johnny was just thrilled!

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I say this every time we visit, but if you are ever passing through eastern NC on I95 you really should plan a half a day trip to Sylvan Heights.  They have a special pass for photographers were you can pay a bit extra and get a key that allows you to open some 'windows' into the various aviaries so that you can get some really good pics.  I have not done it, but I'm sure it's worth it.

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