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White Post Farms opens a kids' aviary

Kids from the Freeport Christian Academy visit the

Kids from the Freeport Christian Academy visit the Ronnie's Birdie Landing at White Post Farms in Melville. (July 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Beth Whitehouse

There's something new in the air at White Post Farms this summer -- birds. An enclosed aviary lets children experience more than 100 budgies and cockatiels that swoop down and land on Popsicle-like feed sticks covered with honey and birdseed that visitors hold in their hands.

"They're so cool," says Corinne Boco, 7, of Freeport, on a recent visit to White Post Farms with the Freeport Christian Academy camp program. She ducked as several small birds flew by her. "Birds are my favorite. It feels like angels flying around you."

White Post Farms has always had birds, but they were caged for viewing. Now, visitors can walk among them Thursdays through Sundays -- but be careful not to step on a bird that may be perched on the pathway that surrounds a waterfall and pond with turtles, manager Al Jawdat says.

The birds join other animals in the farm's petting zoo, including goats, cows and ponies.

"It's so soothing," Jawdat says of the aviary. "It's so peaceful in here. The water sounds. . . . Sometimes, I just come and sit over here to take a little break from life."

THE DETAILS

WHAT Ronnie's Birdie Landing, at White Post Farms

WHERE | WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 250 Old Country Rd., Melville

INFO Free with admission of $14 a person; feed sticks are $2 each or three for $5; 631-351-9373; whitepostfarms.com

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