Friday, August 02, 2019

An Escape Ramp Update Weekly Link Round-Up

Another week has gone by with nothing much to report. No news is good news, right? Before I update you on our escape ramps, I do want to mention something else in case other folks who have hummingbird feeders haven't heard about it. Denis is the hummingbird feeder master here at Casa Kittling. He hangs eight feeders around the backyard, keeps them clean, and fills them with his homemade nectar composed of bakers sugar and water. More and more often, we've been plagued by bees that take over at least one of the feeders. Bee stings can kill hummingbirds, but we don't want to kill the bees, we just want them to buzz off elsewhere. Then Denis read something that has changed everything.

Most commercial-type hummingbird feeders have red bases with bright yellow "flowers" where the feeding stations (holes) are. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, not yellow, but guess what's attracted to yellow? You got it: bees. Denis switched out all the old feeders for new ones that have completely red bases, and... no more bees! This has made it much safer for both hummingbirds and Denis. If you've had the same problem, you might want to consider doing this, too.

One of our escape ramps--already faded by the sun!
Now for my news about the escape ramps we purchased for the swimming pool. Every year-- especially in spring and summer when so many baby critters are around-- Denis and I have had the sad task of removing dead bodies from the pool.

I gave it a lengthy trial period, and I am thrilled to announce that, as of now when we'd normally have had several corpses to deal with, we have had absolutely none! Isn't that great? Those escape ramps do work, so if you have a swimming pool and have had the same sad duty to perform, consider getting one or two for your pool. There are several different kinds. I did a search for "pool critter escape ramp" on Amazon to find ours.

Enough blather. On to the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Flies in hospitals are full of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • This giant goldfish shows why you should never flush fish down the toilet.
  • These seaweed-munching sheep in Scotland need someone to fix their wall. 
  • Dogs are working to save the world's endangered species.
  • Six black-footed ferret kits were born recently at the Phoenix Zoo's conservation center.
  • Your old bra clasps can save injured turtles.

►Fascinating Folk◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Virginia City, Nevada's thriving ghost town. (This reminded me of a travel tale involving my grandmother, bless her.)
  • Could this humble (and sometimes annoying) cactus save the planet from plastic?
  • Crime and the City: Dubai.

►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. I love it, Cathy, that you and Denis found a way to keep your hummingbirds happy without sacrificing the bees. A simple adjustment like that can make all the difference! And the escape ramp idea is brilliant. You've really found ways to be in tune with the animals that live near you. Now, I've got some old tunnels and trenches to visit...

  2. Fantastic on those escape ramps for the little birds. It would have made me so upset to deal with those corpses. Glad this is working out.
    And glad that the hummingbird feeders in red keeps the bees away. Such clever thinking to figure this out, and it works.
    Meanwhile, I am gobsmacked by lists of more books I want to read. A few as "Big Sky," a read and liked. It's very good.
    And I've read a few others suggested. But, as usual, I had to bookmark the lists and really try to read more of those.
    But can I just unplug and say bye to friends and neighbors and just read? I'll try. Miracle Creek got to me right away, as I love legal thrillers, but so many more are intriguing.

    Maybe I have to avoid book lists!

    1. And I read your comment less than a minute after bookmarking another book list!

      Speaking of legal thrillers, I just finished one that made my Best Reads of 2019 list: Steve Cavanagh's Thirteen.

  3. Oh, it made your Best of list.
    I have had Thirteen on my library reserve list for a dog's age. Unless I break down and buy it, I'm trying to hold out.
    I still have to read your new releases list in detail.


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