Summer is in full bloom, where I am.
When I first came to this place there were five domestic Catherine living here.
I liked the Catherine. They were a very entertaining bunch.
I watched them enter act with each other and other animals.
I have proof.
I have moving clips of the Catherine 'hanging out' with Raccoon, and Skunk.
There was a thriving Mouse and Rat population, when I arrived,
There is a thriving Mouse and Rat population, now.
The Catherine did Not reduce the Mouse and Rat populations.
If anything, I have fewer problems with Rodents now, than then.
The previous owners of the Catherine asked for one or two.
With Great Enthusiasm I helped the people to call All the Catherine.
The Catherine were a happy and functional pack.
I missed the Catherine, at first.
As time has passed, the garden has become more and more alive with variety.
Smaller, more helpless prey have become delightfully common in the garden.
Lizards do pushups in the morning sun eating ants for breakfast.
I watched a juvenile Robin, today. Robin had become very rare.The Juvenile Robin has a parent-dependent, post-nest, pre-flight developmental stage.
That stage makes Juvenile Robin, 'sitting ducks'
for our friend Catherine.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_robin#Threats
The fledglings are able to fly short distances after leaving the nest.
(these are short, poorly controlled, wing assisted hops)
The wings of juvenile birds develop rapidly. and
it only takes a couple of weeks for them to become proficient at flying.
(Two Weeks!! Do you know How Long? Two weeks is for a clumsy baby in a garden with five Catherine?!)
I do. It is a lot shorter than a standard two weeks. That baby rarely lives to fledge. (Poor Parents.))
The cryptically colored young birds perch in bushes or trees for protection from predators.
Jumping into bushes does not help, much. The Catherine seem to enjoy 'the chase'.
As much as we all love our friend Catherine,
I'm glad to have Lizards and tiny Snakes,
Juvenile Robin and their parents.
Sweet voiced, ground dwelling Quail,
And ... so much more.
I still miss the daily comedy routine multiple Catherine provide.
and; I find it amazing how many people 'believe' Cats fight Rats.
Catherine are smart. They do not fight with strong mean Rats.
They take easy prey.