6.26.2008

It's all going to the Birds

Yesterday, our family had a fabulous time going swimming, having a picnic dinner and finishing the perfect day with a visit to the zoo. Now mind you, this zoo is a zoo in northern Utah. And northern Utah will not bother you with pesky displays of polar bears or tigers- no, no, nothing fierce like that. This zoo knows what it's people want- birds! Lots and lots of birds. When one first approaches the entrance, one will notice cute little monkeys. Yes, the visitor is lulled into the experience, "I see monkeys... if I see monkeys I shall also see other exotic animals, like polar bears and tigers. But lo! Behold! An exotic feathered friend. How beauteous in color! What is this gem called, I beseech thee? How lovely, a parakeet?" And so, we continue on to look at many a variety of bird. I actually liked strolling through the zoo. I loved the freshly mowed grass (sans bird deposits- they're in enclosures). Before long, we got to the duck feeding pond.
The kids loved feeding the ducks! While they were being distracted, Jimmy and I went over to look at a peacock. He was a beautiful fowl with gorgeous feathers resting on his back. But wait, aren't the feathers supposed to stand up in a fan shape? Hmmm.... there must be something wrong with this peacock. Have nothing to fear, Super Stephanie is here! Yes, I will help the peacock! So, I started cooing at the peacock, but to no avail. Then we both started meowing at the poor bird. That didn't work. Jimmy and I also tried a plethora of other strange unhuman, but peacocky sounds to get those feathers to stand up. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I suddenly remembered that animals on the Discovery channel sometimes puff up when they feel threatened. (I know you're shaking your head in disbelief at that last comment. Because if you know me at all, you'd know that there's something crazy coming next.) I happened to have a long, flowy skirt on. Yes, long and flowy. So what does Super Stephanie do, you ask? Why, pull out her skirt on both sides to make the skirt no longer flowy, but monstrous in size! So, what was the next occurrence in this twisted but amusing sequence? Actually, nothing again. I gave up. I turned around and walked away... that's what the peacock thought! I twirled around, jumped toward the peacock and let out a little 'roar!' Well, I would love to tell you that the peacock was surprised into submission and that it's tail flew right up as if saluting Super Stephanie. No, the peacock did nothing of the sort, but the couple that had mysteriously appeared behind me were a little scared.

94 comments:

Katie Blatter said...

HA HA HA!!!! Wish I could've seen THAT!!!!

thebearden said...

Uh, Steph... peacocks only lift their tails for mating purposes... However you want to interpret it, its probably a good thing he decided not to open his feathers for you.

April Kennedy said...

who needs Ellen when we have Stephanie!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Ha ha...I guess you're fortunate that peacock DIDN'T go into "mating mode". LOL

Happy SITS Day!

cat said...

Wha! I would have loved to see that! Happy SITS day.

Xazmin said...

That's so funny! So sorry I missed it!

Elaine said...

Hilarious! Happy SITS day!

Eve said...

OMG that is a riot!! LMAO!! Stopping by SITS to say "HI" :)

Jamie said...

That's too funny! My grandma actually has a bunch of Peacocks at there farm....pretty cool birds. Dropping by from SITS to say hi!

Danni said...

Sounds like a great day! Dropping in from SITS

Selaen said...

LMAO

Bet that was hilarious to watch.. Where's the pictures? Video? Anything?! :D

Luv Luv

xx

mommytoalot said...

Too funny
Happy SITS day

Preston said...

Congratulations on your SITS day. At least the peacock didn't charge and attack...

April said...

Too bad someone didn't capture the whole thing on video...PRICELESS!

Fruitfulvine2 said...

That was hilarious! A smile to begin my day - wonderful. Thanks a lot. If I had been the couple behind you, I would have wondered what on earth is she doing? Have a great day!

Astrid said...

ROFL! How funny!!!

Happy SITS day!

DiPaola Momma said...

Oh I have a peacock story too! I was stalked by one at a winery in spain.. they had to have the grouds keeper remove him.. I'm terrified of them now!!

Stopping by from SITS to congratulate ya on you big bloggy day.

Amy said...

That is too funny. I guess your bird was not sure what you were doing. Who knows what the bird was really thinking. Great post.

Joy said...

This is too funny!

Congrats on your SITS feature!

{love your 'lazy' picture on your sidebar!}

Beth said...

Happy SITS Day! Birds freak me out, I would've been running the other way.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Too funny, you're a brave woman, I have more than a little healthy fear of birds. And their droppings.

K said...

Sounds like a good try at least!

Ryan and Katie said...

haha! I think those poor animals are unphased by things since they've probably seen it all by now in a zoo!

Melissa said...

That's too funny! I would love to have seen that! It sounds like you had a wonderful family day!

Heather said...

LOL that is too funny! Thanks for sharing that, it's always nice to start the day with a good giggle!

Karen (KayKay) said...

Oh my goodness. This was a great post. That sounds like something I would do.

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Coffee with Cathy said...

My daughters have a great story about going to the zoo and getting pooped on by peacocks. Who knew? So sounds as if you were lucky! Thanks for sharing such a fun post.

Nykki said...

that peacock picture is beautiful! Sounds like you had a great trip!!

blog.TheLuckyMrsT.com

Gibby said...

LOL, that is so funny! I have to admit I have never approached a peacock!

Michelle said...

LOL LOL at what the Bearden said...be grateful!!!! LOL

I would have like a picture!

Brandy said...

LOL! You are really brave.

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Happy SITS day from Utah! Were you at the Tracy Aviary?

Karol said...

You probably gave the poor thing a heart attack!! (I would've so done it too!)

Stopping by from SITS!

Alex the Girl said...

That sounds like something my sister would do! Happy SiTS Day!

Connie Weiss said...

I have been to that ZOO and I live in Northern Utah! Thank God the admission to that place is only a buck!

HAve a great day!

Christina said...

lol i love it! i've always wondered why zoos seem to have such a wide variety of birds, when most of them are so boring!

Happy SITS day!

Karen said...

Oh the things we can learn from the Discovery Channel...or not!

Great post and Happy SITS day!

mommy4life said...

Glad he didn't attack you...

{Katie Lane} said...

That's funny. What's peacock without it's feathers showing right? I would have tried to scare him too.

Carina Gardner said...

lol...that couple probably moved on pretty fast! very funny!

Tanielle said...

You are a brave woman... I would have nightmares after that. I wish I could have been there to see you do that though! Haha

My New 30 said...

Happy SITS day! That peacock was probably thinking "silly human." I think the animals just get so accustomed to people they aren't phased by our actions pretty much.

You know my neighbor told me the other day that she saw a couple of peacocks strolling up our street... now, we live in the county, but in a subdivision and not in the country, so I don't know whether to believe that or not (or whether she was into the sauce that day LOL)! Would have liked to see that!!

Lissa K said...

What a great picture of the peacock! You are too funny! That's the kind of thing I 'think' of doing, but never have the guts to try. I don't know if peacocks are like turkeys...we had one that would have kicked if you surprised him...and they hurt!
Happy SITS day!

Marrdy said...

This is why I never go to Tracy Avery (is this where said Peacock resides?). Birds are scary. They'll peck your eyes out. And Geese, they are worse, they will hunt you down and hurt you. Please stay away from birds. We need you around for a long time!

What A Card said...

Hee, you should have pretended to be a peahen!

I can just imagine the other couple you scared ;) Good thing their tail feathers didn't get ruffled!

Ronnica said...

Oh. Wow. I'm just picturing this...I think I would have been a little scared if I was that couple, too!

{april kennedy} said...

Yeah for the SITS love! What a fun day this will be for you!

Rachel said...

Funny, funny! :)

Beautiful bird. I'm sorry he didn't display his feathers for you. :(

Reeni♥ said...

Your so funny!! Have you ever heard one screech? I was at a zoo once and their was a peacock making the loudest, most annoying, ear-hurting, screeching. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

Cammie said...

Happy SITS day! Add me to the fear of birds club

Kendra said...

Happy SITS day!

NateAndJakesMom said...

I think after we leave the zoo the animals all get together and make fun of us! That sounded so funny!!

Sera said...

Happy SITS day to you! This posts just painted the funniest picture in my head. This was hilarious!

jubilee said...

Funny! We have a kind of nature center near our house that has peacocks. The kids want so badly to chase them and try to scare them into putting up their feathers. I think they only put up their feathers when they are trying to attract a mate, right?

Happy SITS day!

Mimi said...

OMG, I'm gonna have to check back often, it sound like we would be friends!

LivingInspired said...

As an introductory post to your blog, I AM HOOKED! I couldn't stop laughing and imagining the ridiculousness.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

A little late, but visiting from sits. Funny story--I love peacocks but never saw one open its tail feathers either!

Jen said...

ROFL! Crackin up over here!! Yeah good thing the bird wasn't "in the mood" HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Happy SITS day from Georgia!!

AP said...

HAHAHAHA!! I can only imgaine what that peakock was thinking!! Priceless!! Happy SITS day

carma said...

Do you mean roaring is not the proper way to get a peacock to display it's tail? Would never have guessed ;-) great story

Mandy said...

Happy SITS day! :)

Peacocks are so cool. :)

Leslie said...

Aren't peacocks gorgeous? But I think I would have missed the cat house. I love the cat house.

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Is this Tracey Aviary? My son used to volunteer there and also at the Discovery Museum. Fun places.

Bethany said...

Happy SITS day!

Lori said...

You are brave! The last time my girls and I were at the Bronx Zoo it seemed to have been invaded by peacocks. They were EVERYWHERE. There was no where to walk without find one hiding in the bushes or crossing in front of us, I was petrified!!!

Happy SITS day!

Days of Whine & Noses said...

Too funny!

Happy SITS day!

Mikki said...

Oh, my gosh, you did NOT meow at a peacock.

Wow.

You are my hero.

Congrats on your SITS feature!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

don't laugh. I was once attacked by a peacock. It was traumatic. Remember the hair thingies that had little balls on them? The darn peacock thought I had food on my head. . .Traumatized, I tell ya'.

cute blog

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

That's so funny! Peacocks are beautiful ... but a little teeny bit weird. :) Great picture!

Janna Bee said...

Aww... that poor traumatized couple! Very funny.

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

I am terrified of peacocks! One chased me down a driveway in England and then pecked at the car door handle after I'd scrambled safely inside!

mrsbear said...

That's awesome, that couple got a shot of you doing a freaky peacock mating dance. lol.

Tabitha Blue/Fresh Mommy said...

Haha that is hilarious!!!! I would've loved being the person that walked up behind you to see that!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Willo said...

The peacocks are always my boys favorites!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

What a rude bird. The peacock, I mean - what's his problem? Maybe he hadn't bathed that day and didn't want anyone staring.

Columbia Lily said...

there used to be peacocks at the Portland (OR) zoo, but they had to get rid of them because they attacked some kid and bit him. So be glad. =)

Sandra said...

Ha! I bet the other zoo visitors got more of a kick out of you guys than the zoo animals!

Vickie said...

Happy SITS Day!

This was a funny post. I swear birds are psycho or rude.

Nydia said...

My first SITS day and this entry proved to keep me coming back for more ... Great entry ... I could never approach one of those birds --- I've seen America's Funniest Video's and know they wait for people like me to have a "good animals go bad" moment LOL

OH and your site looks great!

Veronica said...

Birds! They never comply! Love the site!

Heather said...

I have a huge fear of birds, so I don't think I'll be headed to the zoo with you any time soon!

Happy Sits Day!

Ali said...

I can remember when I was a kid someone brought a peacock feather to school one day and I thought it was the coolest thing. I wanted one bad but never got one. Stupid peacocks.

blognut said...

What? The peacock didn't warn you that you were being watched?

Amanda said...

peacock's can be so tempermental!! Really like I know peacocks that well!!

hehehe

greedygrace said...

Ha ha ha! Poor peacock!

Happy SITS Day!

Mama Kat said...

It cracks me up how DETERMINED you were!! I can't believe that bird didn't budge...I wish I had been there...I know between the two of us we could have come up with something. :)

Happy Sits Day!

Tranquility said...

OH-MY-GOSH! I haven't laughed this hard in a while! I can't believe you thought to scare the poor bird into showing his tail(um yeah... I likely would have as well)! I can just picture the look of horror on the stranger's face!

sandy said...

Haha! Happy SITSday:0)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hah, cute. That's something I would have tried to do. Congrats on being featured!

Grand Pooba said...

Haha! That's too funny!

resplendentlife said...

LOL!! That is hilarious. I wish I could have been there to see that!!
Sooo funny!!
Happy SITS day!!!

Chelsie and Nicholas said...

I want to go to a bird zoo! Happy SITS day!

Michelle said...

Oh I love it. especially the clarification on when peacocks lift their tails. You poor dear! ;)