Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park–Part 2

Thought I’d share a few more interesting birds with you. 

First up is the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill. This bird is not just another pretty face; it stole my heart and I’d have brought it home if they’d let me! When I walked up to their enclosure, one came to greet me, and leaned into the fence so I could rub its neck. Love at first sight! 

Look at those “eyelashes!” Actually, they are feathers.

Next is the Luzon Bleeding-heart Dove. It is aptly named, don’t you think?

We caught one of the Eurasian Eagle Owls napping.

There was no napping on the side of the park with this crew! Turkey vultures were flying overhead, and the macaws were sounding the intruder alert. They were really loud!

Trumpeter Swans are the largest waterfowl species in North America. Average weight is 21-30 pounds, but a large male may weigh as much as 35. Their wingspan is over seven feet, and an adult will stand four feet tall. They mate for life, and often live 20-30 years. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few more unusual feathered friends. 



Andy’s Last Adventures in Virginia Beach

Andy has been very busy these past few weeks. Since my last post about his visit,  we went to Panera Bread for lunch where we made a new friend named Susan. You may know her from her blog, “Coming East.” I highly recommend her post, Stairstruck, which celebrates her lovely mountain vacation on a broken foot. (Please don’t tell her I told you about that.) She is a has character!

After that, we were on the road for the better part of a week for our granddaughter’s graduation. He loved the hotel stays, coffee in the room,

and a plush bed for sleeping.

He could barely contain himself when he learned we were going to visit the Sylvan Heights waterfowl park on the way home. 

He enjoyed the backyard with the birds and squirrels, helping my hubby create a new feeding station for them,

and playing hide and seek. He never did tell me how he got into the hanging basket!


A very dear family friend returned from vacation with a gift for us–salt water taffy! Now, why didn’t I think of that?

Andy arrived here from visiting Judith and Lotte in New Zealand with a stash of jelly beans to tide him over, so we knew he had a sweet tooth. I packed some taffy in his bag so he’ll have something to munch on his way to visit Beth Ann in Iowa. Be sure to subscribe to her blog if you want to keep up with Andy’s travels. I hear they’ll be going to China soon! It’s a good thing he kept company with our granddaughter. She probably taught him some Mandarin. That’s been her foreign language of choice, and she’s going to China in August. 

On Andy’s last day, we made one more trip to the beach. We didn’t stay long, a storm was rolling in; I’ll share those pictures with you tomorrow. 

If you would like to host Andy and show him some of your favorite places, contact his mom, Lenore Diane, to schedule a visit! Trust me,  you’ll hardly know he is around. He is the perfect house guest!

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park–Peafowl

I took so many pictures at the Sylvan Heights waterfowl park, it’s going to take a few posts to share them with you. Our featured guest today is the peacock. He was the most photogenic, apparently, because I have more photos of him than any of the others. I’m loading them medium size so the page will load faster, but you can enlarge them by clicking on the image. 

In this photo, do you see the acrylic square above and to the left of the bird? A small section of the fence has been cut out, and if one pays for a photo pass, a key is provided to unlock those so pictures can be taken without the wire cage between the photographer’s lens and the bird. Note to self: Go back soon–and get that pass! 

Here’s a close-up. Doesn’t this remind one of the Emperor’s new clothes or something? 

Side view:

Back view:

My hubby saw those feathers fanned out, but I missed it. I might have to get him his own camera…

Are you a follower of Cecelia’s blog? She recently acquired a peacock, Kupa, and then she got two peahens. In one of her posts, she was outside the barn when she heard something similar to a foghorn. Yep, it was Kupa! And I got to hear that sound for myself the other day. Nothing quite like it, except, well, a foghorn. Here’s a YouTube video so you can hear it for yourself:

Oops, almost forgot, the follow-up picture to Wednesday’s photo. I’m pretty sure this is a goose, but I don’t have the name. See? I need to go back!