Our visit to Pacific Northwest Raptors was an unexpected aside. We hadn’t planned on the visit, but when we saw the sign we said, “Why not?”
We arrived just before the afternoon’s flying demonstration, where several of the raptors were put through a falconry exhibition. Tina, one of the resident falconers, was on hand to lead the demonstration. Of the birds that were flown, the bald eagle, named Manwe and the peregrine falcon named Spitfire, were the most impressive.
We had time to walk around and see the different raptors that were kept at the site. They ranged from several large bald and golden eagles to small swift falcons, and there was even a turkey vulture.
Sometimes, the unexpected stop turns out to be one of the best.