However, on a cold, rainy day I had the zoo pretty much to myself! The aviary was empty except for a few staff members observing and I got to peacefully watch the ducks (my faves) without feeling their stress at being squealed at or chased. I also saw lots of interesting behavior from whatever the black birds with the red beaks and legs are - one was zipping back and forth from the pool to the waterfall to a rock. In the rest of the aviary, since it was so quiet and undisturbed, I saw much more activity than I've ever previously observed. The mouse birds were clinging to the wire of their enclosure, I heard a new bird call (one of the doves or pigeons?) and got a really good luck at some ducks that are usually hiding.
I didn't see the hyenas (I would totally donate for a permanent enclosure for them! Hyenas rock!) and the bongos had already moved indoors for the winter I think, but there were plenty of other animals out and about.
Pop! Hello seals! There are more over in the corner which you can't see, including a pup.
There were people making inane comments at the giraffes so I didn't stay long. I weep for humanity.
I love Eva, the tapir. It's hard to see, but she's taking a comfy nap while sparrows bop all over the place. Sadly, she is too old to have babies. Tapir babies are so cute!
The red pandas definitely enjoy this weather
As does the snow leopard
Their giant heads fascinate me
Having enjoyed the zoo (and being thoroughly damp and rather hot - it wasn't cold enough to get chilled) I then went shopping. Of course I went to Jo-Anns, as they were having a sale. I also got lots of cheese and tea and things for presents....
More felt! and beads. I am not in a beading mood but they were on sale...
Organize all the felt!
Organize more felt!
I bought about 6 yards of this. You will be seeing it later
I got this for our maker kits at the library. No, I will not be touching it myself. It has glitter and is cutesy *wince*
To add to my stash
For a mysterious project...
Ok, this is cutesy flannel and I bought it for.... I don't know. Something.
Well, that explains why I liked that flannel. I'd already bought a lot.
Big flannel sale! I'm going to make a big flannel quilt for visiting guests. I think this will be my next project.