Monday, April 28, 2008

If you don't talk to your cats about catnip, who will?

This morning, I was in the right place at the right time. While at my favorite spot at Lake Isabella, I was listening to a Northern Parula and not seeing it...for like 30 minutes. I was listening so hard, my ears started to hurt, and I actually got mad at the little bugger.
While I was scanning the rapidly leafed-out trees, I noticed a few blue-gray gnatcatchers.

Blue gray gnatcatcher

I also noticed that they kept landing in the same tree, on the same branch.

blue gray gnatcatcher nest building
Nest building! I guess that qualifies as a confirmed breeding pair, huh?

I got the cats a few "cat tents"; basically vinyl cubes with windows. To sweeten the deal, I sprinkled a little cat nip inside...and let the games begin.
Catnip is yummy
"Oh, wow. This is some goooooood sh*t."

Looking at imaginary bugs on the ceiling
"Mom? (in a panicky voice) Mom? Am I the only one seeing the giant bugs on the ceiling?"

I'm so high...Hoopers upside down
"Hooper. Hooper, dude. Help me, man. You're upside down. IT'S FREAKING ME OUT!"

Catnip butts

Hooper did you get into the catnip too
Oh, Hooper. Did you get into the cat nip, too?
"S'okay, Ma. I can quit whenever I want."

In other news, the FOS hummingbird showed up yesterday:

FOS hummingbird
Thank goodness. Now where the Hell have YOU been?

I have been watching this particular house finch for about 2 weeks. (I would call this guy a "marker bird", since he is the only male house finch who looks like a prize fighter.)
He's eating well, he can fly...let's hope that he can get a girlfriend and pass on that immunity.

This is for Rachel, my soon-to-be sister-in-law (Geoff's brother Kevin FINALLY popped the question).
Rachel gave Isabelle sea monkeys for her birthday, and while I was leery (remember how short-lived sea monkeys used to be? They would live for like 24 hours and then go belly-up), we gave it a shot. I guess the sea monkey scientists have improved the formula.
They have grown really fast, and they are at that tender age when they feel that know that knock some boots!
Sea monkey porn
Sea monkey porn. In all its watery glory.
If you look at the two "stuck together", you will see a dark spot between them. That's an egg sack.
I gotta say, must suck to be a female sea monkey. These gals have been carrying these slacker males around for days.


Rachel said...

Wow, that's a really clear picture of the naughty monkeys! Hope you haven't had to do too much explaining, but glad they are doing well, guess you'll have babies soon!

Susan Gets Native said...

No worries, Rachel. I've explained enough about "mating" that they get it...if not the actual process, at least what happens (BABIES!)

Trixie said...

Whoa....such synchronicity....we had a huge nip-fest this morning. Four very stoned kitties were VERY happy.

Hooper is hilarious!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

So funny about the cats and Hooper.
Still waiting for our fos hummer. They are in the area just not in our garden.

dguzman said...

Ma'am, I'm gonna have to ask you to step out of the car, please, with your hands up. First off, did you realize you were promoting animal drug abuse? Yeah. That's a felony in this state, ma'am. And second, are you aware of the oceanographic pornography laws currently in place in your state? Mm-hm, I didn't think so.

Now, I'm gonna give you a written warning this time, but next time, you risk losing your blog-license. Please clean it up, ma'am. For the kids' sake, anyway.

Have a nice day.

ncmountainwoman said...

I love the catnip craze. Great shots. And thanks for telling me it was sea monkey porn. Otherwise, I would never have known I was watching something so exciting.

BTW: Thanks to you and Mary, I went right up the ladder and jumped in.

mon@rch said...

I think my cats read the text Catnip on my computer screen! ugg now I need to pull it out from the fridge! Hey Susan, great photos!

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

The hummers are back? Better fill my feeders! Cute kitty pics too!

Mary said...

Susan, PURE FUN AND ENJOYMENT HERE! I read this at 5:30 this morning but I was too sleepy to write - but I did laugh out loud!

You captured kitty catnip heaven with those photos :o)

And more porn! You go, girl.

Yay for your hummers!

KatDoc said...

Isn't it cool how obvious BGGN are about building their nests? You would think a tiny little bird like that would be a bit more subtle, but no, there they are, bold as brass: "Look at me, I'm building a nest over here. No, dummy, this way; see it? Isn't it the most beautifulest nest you are saw being built?"

Then, once it's done and all the flurry of activity is done, you can hardly find the thing, it's camoflauged so well.

~Kathi, who got a decent (and readable) verifcation font for a change

Owlman said...

You crack me up! Funny post - I'm speaking to my cat as I type this.

No hummingbirds here yet....

RuthieJ said...

Susan, you're a riot! I love those kitty pics. The great thing about catnip is you can laugh at your cat (when she's under the influence) and she doesn't get offended and walk away!

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