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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Odd and Colorful Birds, Bryant Park

Little Bird, Bryant Park
Photo by myself in Bryant Park.

Several exotic birds were on display in Bryant Park last week. It was an official Park installation, where you could see the birds up close.

There were several birds, large and tiny. I was drawn to the tiny one. Their caretaker was generous enough to perch him on my finger.

Here he is, above, looking very sleepy. As soon as he got to my finger, he started blinking out of sheer exhaustion, the poor thing.

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Apparently the exotic birds are part of display called 'Meet the Birds', held at the park each Tuesday, near the Carousel.

The birds are brought in from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary of New Jersey, a non-profit organization that saves these animals from abuse, injury or homelessness. Often the birds, which have lifespans of up to 80 years, will outlive their owners. Thus the homelessness.

Bigger birds, Bryant Park
Bigger parrot friends, sharing a perch.

Little Bird, Bryant Park
Another view of this lovely creature, this time on his caretaker's hand.

If you want to see these gorgeous animals in person, act soon. The display has taken place throughout the summer and there are only two Tuesdays left. The birds are there til September 29!

For more photos of the birds, visit the Bryant Park Blog.

Visit the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary in Freehold, New Jersey, to see how they've rescued hundreds of birds.

Related posts: On Rupert and the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn, On Dogs and Dogs and Cats on Leashes.

8 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love birds, these are adorable!

Winnie M said...

These photos fill me with joy partly because they are colourful on what is a gray day here and partly because they are so clear. I have had a home computer for 19 years. The technology has come such a long way - these photos would have looked like crap even on my last monitor. And then there is the technology at the your end that allows you to post the beautiful birds and be fairly sure they will look as good at may end. Thank you for brightening my day.

Dealz said...

Great pics. I loved New York when I was there.
Dealz

NYC Rhymology said...

Manual trackback:
NYC Rhymology | Meet the Birds/Ave C & 3rd Thanks for the lovely birdie photos!

Kitty said...

Thanks Lily!

Hi Winnie
So glad the photos came across all right on your screen. Monitors vary so much.

Thanks Dealz!

NYC Rhymology, I love it. Hilarious.

NYC Rhymology said...

An ornithologist friend at the Museum of Natural History describes the first bird pictured as a Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)... Weren't we just dying to know that??

bjmelton said...

Hi, Does Arcadia still bring birds in to city each tuesday for Meets & Greets?

Kitty said...

Hi BJ
I just checked the schedule and the birds are there this summer, too.

Check out their calendar here!