Lawn sign, kinda small-ish - could be seen along the path
mentioning a "Bird Fair."
Date on the sign had been marked over - with crayon - new date written below.
Another matching lawn sign a mile or more away.
Same scribble - same date
a website was mentioned
I decided to check it out
It was on a nice day
in a Plumbers Hall in Bridgeton, MO
Maybe I'd see friends. I know a few parrots, cockatoo, a toucan and a couple more "hook beaked" creatures living with humans.
Didn't see anyone I knew.
Met some friendly people.
Some traveled quite a distance.
Everyone explained those lawn signs are "the way" they advertise and invite folk.
In the hallway, outside the main room, there were ladies from a parrot rescue group.
They had smiles, conversation and gifts to give donators.
There were raffle tables to help raise money, i think also for birds needing assistance.
Inside the main room was packed with vendors
I should have realized.
There were amazing, beautiful birds.
The kind people in Australia see and hear
in bushes and trees outside their homes.
So many lovely colors.
There were flash cameras,
somehow, i couldn't get into the mood
found no desire to create chaos
There was a nifty Cockatoo
who knew how to attract attention
It was on a perch in the middle of a sales area
yelling. holding on and flapping, so it seemed to take flight,
without leaving it's assigned space
There were older macaws sitting close to their people
kinda mumbling it parrot-ese
There were lots of colorful spaces filled with toys, t-shirts, enormous cages,
specially formulated seed mixtures . . a huge pet store for smart birds packed in to a smallish space.
Toward the back there were calm birds on perches.
I asked the vendor questions
His dad owns the business, making special perches.
There were people able to come close and tease the parrots
I promise not to rant
Then, before the first hour was up, a lorikeet was loose
trained people calmly went to the closed off balcony upstairs to try and help the frightened bird
Their professional behavior was impressive.
tried to leap up and snag the beautiful freedom seeking bird
time for me to go
(in this photo you can see one and a half "helpers"
trying to save the bird. You can also see a large
determined to misbehave)
We have a magnificent - world class - place to see & visit birds.
I'll have to take my camera there
to share with you.
love & love,