Last week, Mr. B and I drove to Scotland Neck, NC to visit the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. The non-profit Sylvan Heights park was opened in 2006 by Mike Lubbock and according to the website, is now the largest and most biologically significant waterfowl collection in the world. Mr. Lubbock describes his definitive mission this way: “The Park is designed to educate people about waterfowl and the importance of preserving them. Our goal is to tell visitors the story of every species–where it comes from, what habitat it prefers and why the species is important to our world. Visitors are also immersed into a wetland setting, so the feel and scope of a primary waterfowl habitat can be fully experienced.”
There are over 2000 birds in the park. It covers an 18 acre area but it feels larger because of the layout. It is divided into “continents” – South American, North America, Eurasia, Africa & Australia with birds and waterfowl from each area. There is a large blind that looks over a beaver bog wetland area a “tree house” where you can get a birds-eye view of another wetland area. We saw two hawks sitting high in a tree while we were there. There are exotic birds in cages but also large areas that you walk through among the birds and waterfowl. The areas are covered with netting to protect them from predators.
One of the other parts of this park that delighted us was when we caught the interaction between two species of birds – one was a caged pair of birds that if I remember correctly were some sort of Jay from Australia and the other a young Blue Jay that was having a ball tormenting the caged birds by flying from one side to the other and then the front. The birds in the cage were flying back and forth to try to get to the Blue Jay and they were very boisterous because that little Jay was bugging them. It was fun to watch them but see what happened when I got closer – the little Blue Jay decided that he liked my foot and kept flying down and pecking my toes and heels. Pretty entertaining little Blue Jay! I would have had a pedicure if I knew my foot was going to appear on my website.
I’ll end this post with some of the other bird photo’s that I took while we were there. If you have the opportunity to visit this park, give it a go. You will not be sorry! Click HERE to plan your visit.