As we wrap up our ornithology unit, I wanted to find birds we could interact with in real life.
After a short internet search, the option presented itself - 🦜Exotic Bird Stores! 🦜
The self-guided field trip was fanTAStic! The birds were out in the open to observe and the staff was friendly, helpful, and overflowing with information about each one.
We were allowed to hold them, talk to them, feed them, and dance with them! (Yep, I said DANCE!)
Visiting a bird store never occurred to me, but I have to say - I enjoyed the visit far more than my children and laughed the entire time! SO.MUCH.FUN!
Isaiah and Ellie preferred the smaller birds. And they were thrilled to be able to hold them!
Interesting note about this bird: The coloring of this Macaw cannot be found in the wild because ... it was man-created by breeding red Macaws with yellow Macaws. They call it a "hybrid." The photo does not do the colors justice. She was STUNNING in real life!
I worked hard to earn the affection of this Grey Parrot named "Max."
He only likes old women and blondes, so the manager warned me that my efforts would probably not pay off. I was persistent because he was funny and had a unique personality. When I talked to him, he just stared at me, acting unmoved by my wooings. The second I turned away from him, however, he would call out, "Hello!" or start clicking his tongue to get my attention.
Finally, I was rewarded when he bowed his head and scratched his neck with his talons inviting me to pet him. Yes! SUCCES! The manager stopped and said, “Wow! He doesn’t let ANYone touch him!”
Who knows, maybe when my kids are grown and gone I will become a bird whisperer! 😂🦜🙃🦉🤣🦅
Interacting with God's creation is a DELIGHT!