When her family was visiting us in Lethbridge this week, she and I went to the Coaldale Birds of Prey Centre. It's a wonderful place, full of birds in varying stages of recovery from injuries and accidents, and a sizable aviary of owls, hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey who, for some reason or other, are unable to be released to the wild. Never having been there before, I wasn't sure we'd see an owl at all. However, as soon as we walked in and paid our entrance fee (which goes for the upkeep of the birds) the hostess leaned down to Brooklyn and whispered to her, "Would you like to hold an owl?" Her face just lit up like a Christmas tree at the prospect of actually touching one of her favorite things! I must admit I was excited to be able to hold him too.
|This little guy's name is Basil. He's a burrowing|
owl. He was just running aroundthe gift shop and the hostess picked him up and have him
|Of course I had to get in on the action too, but Brooklyn didn't leave|
|Brooklyn and Gordon|
|Farther along there were quite a few pairs of little burrowning owls. They|
are so cute. We were told that they are an endangered species now.
|We fell in love with the sleepy-eyed barn owl named Edgar.|
We'll see more of him later.
There were beautiful eagles and hawks to be seen. This is a bald eagle staring at us.
And so is this one
|And another sweet-faced burrowing owl.|
|Brooklyn sure looks like she's enjoying herself doesn't she.|
|And of course I needed a piece of the action too.|
It was a lovely way to spend a misty damp day with a special little granddaughter. Thank you Brooklyn.