Norm and I set out for Bird Kingdom in Niagara Fall on a beautiful sunny morning with the
promise of mild weather to come in the evening. Not to mention the thought of a not so busy day because it’s not tourist season. As it was only locals who took advantage of Bird Kingdom. When we arrived, there was already a children’s birthday party going on. But we didn’t expect too much of a hassle from them. I may have been wrong in that.
There are three floors of birds, reptiles, some arachnids of a large kind and a skunk who was in hiding. On the first floor, we were introduced to a large, yet friendly turtle called Sheldon and some squawky parrots. On the second floor; a small bird avery and nocturnal section where we witnessed poisonous frogs that were either fighting or copulating. But the best part was the last room.
A three floor atrium filled with at least 5 different types of birds, many types of plants and a small crowd of people greeted us. There was a friendly bird who liked to nibble on people’s clothes. My personal favorite, were the cutest little love ducks you ever did see. They were like two seniors who liked to joke with each other, straighten each others hair, smile fondly and adoringly. When we reached the atrium, the money was almost out on our parking spot, so we topped it up with another hour. Good thing to, because we spent almost the whole of the second hour seeking out every bird that could be photographed.
On the way, out, Cowboy Colin gave us the idea of going to the butterfly conservatory. After a rest at Timmies, we headed there to see if it was busy. We were in luck. Best of all, the kids that were there were really well behaved. I’m always amazed at the multitude of butterflies in this place, fluttering here and there. Very peaceful.
The butterfly conservatory is surrounded by botanical gardens that are kept by students at the Horticultural School. So keep a look out on my blog calendar and the meet up group for a summer outing to the conservatory so we can also enjoy both butterflies and gardens.