Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Butterfly World & Remembering Blueberry

Mama had no plans on visiting Butterfly World.  She has visited two other butterfly places and she figured they were all the same.  An employee at Flamingo Gardens told her that if she loves hummingbirds, then she should visit.  She warned Mama that it was pricey $24.95 a person.  Mama told her that she had a buy one get one free admission. Mama loves coupons.

The reason Mama wanted to visit was due to the number of exotic birds that they have there.  They say they have seven different species of hummingbirds.  Mama had only seen the Ruby Red Throated Hummingbird in person and was very excited to see others.  She always hangs up our hummingbird feeders at our campgrounds in hopes of seeing something different.  The folks ended up seeing three of the seven species that they have.  They claim to have 100 hummingbirds, but they only saw three.  BOL!  They did see a lot of beautiful birds, so it was a fun day.

Mama bought an identification book since it was only $1.  She hoped to use it to identify them in the blog, but many of the birds that she saw are not listed. It is still nice to have though.

Mama said when you walked through the doors, you are surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.  The other two places that Mama has visited does not compare to this place at all.  It was amazing!  Unfortunately, the butterflies do not show up well in the photos.

The first room that you enter with butterflies. She swears they were flying all around.


One landed on Dad!

Okay, lets just move onto the birds since we can see them in photos.
Lady Gouldian Finch


A Lorikeet jumped on Dad's shoulder.


Parrots

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Male and Female Honeycreepers

Yellow-legged Honeycreeper

Not sure

???



Yellow-legged Honeycreeper - Female
Swinging bridge that leads to one of the buildings.
Mama did not get any decent photos of hummingbirds.  She really needs a better camera. 

As you can imagine, the place was full of beautiful flowers.
 The following are Passiflora.





Cuphea melvilla "Candy Corn"
The folks really liked this place.  It is huge with 13 different stops on the tour.  The butterfly portion of the tour was really crowded, but once they reached the buildings with the birds, it was almost empty.  I guess most people come for the butterflies.

On a very sad note, we want to send our condolences to my half sister, Bunny and her family.  Miss Blueberry has joined her Mom, Lilac, at the Rainbow Bridge.  We are so happy we were able to meet her in person last October.  Mama said we were rednecks and Blueberry and Bunny were the princesses.  If you would like to see our meeting, just click here.  There are some cute pictures of Blu. Blueberry was a beautiful girl.  We saw a comment from her Daddy once that said she was "the best dog EVER".  She is missed.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Is Sad For Bunny And Her Family
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