Thursday, July 04, 2024

A Territorial Weekly Link Round-Up


All's quiet on the Kittling Front. My muscles are behaving themselves. So are Denis's. I've been playing hooky from some of my usual duties and spending that time with my nose stuck in a book. Things are so quiet that I thought I'd tell you what has (or has not) been going on in our back garden.

The critters here tend to be territorial. When I see video clips of dozens of hummingbirds crowding peacefully around feeders, I am in awe because the hummingbirds here will expend untold amounts of energy to chase each other away from the feeders we have hanging in our back garden.

We have also had an endless parade of cats (most of whom I do not believe are feral) through our back garden, usually during the wee hours of the morning when they're caught on our security cameras. Like the birds, they appreciate all the birdbaths and fountains that are kept filled with water. It would be nice if they, like the birds, did not damage any of our property. But I'm beginning to digress.

Like I said, every night it's been an endless parade of marauding cats. Until about two weeks ago. Denis likes to go out at night and swim in the pool during the summer... and that's when the cats stopped showing up. Their absence probably has something to do with their owners moving and taking the cats with them, or a pack of coyotes that are now in this area, but I thought of a more amusing reason for the cats to stay away.
One night when Denis came in from his swim, I mentioned the absence of felines and asked him, "What are you doing? Marking your territory?" We're still laughing about it.
Here's hoping you're all staying cool, healthy, and happy, with plenty of good books to read. Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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.

No matter how busy you may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. I love it that you have such a great window on the world in your back yard, Cathy! It must be both interesting and entertaining, too, to watch what happens. Funny how assertive hummingbirds can be, considering how small they are! Now, I'm headed to the Middle East to check out those tombs...

    1. Perhaps when you're so small, you have to be extra assertive!

  2. Happy Friday, Cathy! The hummingbirds that come to our backyard feeder are super territorial, too. They'll chase each other away every time.

    1. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with belligerent hummers! LOL

  3. Like yours, our backyard and driveway seems to be a regular cat highway in the wee hours of the morning. My security camera back there catches at least two or three every night, and I've identified half a dozen different ones. I'm surprised we haven't been woken up by a catfight yet.

    On the subject of critters...just completed two weeks on the road, and I was struck by the rarity of insects crashing into my front end and windshield this year. Are insect populations dwindling to that level all of a sudden. I remember having to stop to clean off my windshield every 100 miles or so on some trips...this year not once. Not even close.

    1. Now that you mention it, Sam, I noticed the exact same thing when Denis and I went out regularly on road trips. I think all the pesticides and land being used for tract housing have a lot to do with it. (Broiling hot summers and droughts, too.)

      I can remember a road trip in Oregon where we had to stop more often than 100 miles to clean thick layers of insects off the windshield, and another one in South Dakota where we had not only insects to contend with but pheasants who kept committing seppuku on the grill of our Chevy. (Six of them, if I remember correctly.)

  4. Love that otter; he/she wouldn't ban books -- eat them maybe, but not ban them. So the book cans continue ... how awful. Am enjoying peace and quiet in my a/c reading the very well-written new book by Tana French, "the Hunter," set in western Ireland. It's so calming.

    1. I'm glad to hear you're in the cool with a good book-- a wonderful place to be in the summer.


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