The Night Before Christmas: Bird Edition

Because I haven’t blogged in a few months, I thought a good way to get back into action would be to write a bird-themed Christmas poem. This poem is about some of the birds who live at the World Bird Sanctuary, where I work as a naturalist. My position involves caring for birds of prey, which includes a lot of food prep and cleaning! I also get to play a part in some really cool work, such as training raptors for flight shows and working with a young raven named Mayhem. I did a couple of “Owl Prowl” shows recently and also had the opportunity to take a Bald Eagle to an Eagle Scout ceremony! If you are in the St. Louis area, come check out the sanctuary (Admission is free!). I hope you enjoy the pictures and the poem! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the site,

All the raptors were stirring as snowflakes took flight.

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Spending quality time with Reese the Great Horned Owl.

The food bowls were placed in enclosures with care.

The storks were quite quick to make their bowls bare.

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The parrots were talking, their voices quite loud.

Performing for peanuts in front of a crowd.

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The barn owls were nestled, all snug in their beds.

While visions of rodents danced in their heads.

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The falcons were chasing their food on a lure.

Their flights looked like dances, with wing-beats so sure.

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Zorro the Aplomado Falcon. Photo: World Bird Sanctuary.

The vultures were jumping, their food could not flee.

The hawks started screaming, one jumped on a tree!

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MacGuyver the Harris Hawk decorates a Christmas tree. Photo: World Bird Sanctuary

The owls started hooting as the sky became dark.

The eagles were cackling, oh how Max did bark!

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Working with Max the Tawny Eagle.

I heard Nemo exclaim as I walked past the Kite

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great night!”

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Nemo the African Grey Parrot.

 

 

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