Friday, April 22, 2016

The Birds Do It, Bees Do It Weekly Link Round-Up

Denis and I have been trying to visit the Desert Botanical Garden at least every other week. Last Thursday the crowds were a bit thinner (spring training is over), and there seemed to be critters everywhere.

Every time I turned around, it seemed as though I had to stop and let some critter cross the path in front of me. Am I complaining? Of course not! The little ground squirrel you see to the right stopped right in the middle of the path to chew on a desert willow blossom. At the same place a tiny little black and white bird almost landed on my elbow. (I was more surprised than it was.) Further along this path, two more ground squirrels had precarious perches in spindly shrubs, and they were splitting open pods and gorging on seeds.

On my way to meet Denis at the Patio Cafe, I had to stop and let a roadrunner cross the path in front of me. And then a lizard made a run for it further down the path. (Probably startled by the roadrunner!) 

As Denis and I sat at the Patio Cafe, two tree squirrels proved to be bullies, and the male Gambel's quail did not appreciate their behavior one little bit. But we saw something extraordinary when we were leaving the garden. Denis and I happened to look over a gate that closes off a section of the garden that's being renovated. Two roadrunners were mating, the male dangling a lizard in front of his lady to sweeten her disposition. We'd never seen that before... in fact neither of us had ever seen two roadrunners in the same place before. Yes, we took photos, but I decided not to prove our voyeurism here!

Thought I forgot all about those links, eh? Of course I didn't! Here ya go----

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Ever wonder what happened to Mary Katherine Cummings, the woman known as Big Nose Kate when she lived with Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona?
  • The star-studded life of Ms. Dorothy Bennett

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. 

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!




  1. As always I enjoyed your Friday Round-up. Went to the Smithsonian site to read about Hook-Nosed Kate. I find Doc Holliday such a fascinating character and all those around him.

    1. So do I-- especially since I've spent a lot of time down around Tombstone. Cochise County, Arizona is filled with history.

  2. I've been seeing a lot of little critters, too, Cathy! Rabbits, lizards, all kinds of bee species, and different birds, too. I love it! I'm delighted to hear that the London Book Fair is taking note of underrepresented languages. Languages really are the souls of their speakers, so it's nice that we'll see more languages represented.

  3. Ah, the things one can find out about on the weekends here. Enjoying it as usual, will be back for more.

    1. It's always a pleasure to have you visit, Pepper!


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