I was in love with these teeny tiny mining bees (sometimes nicknamed mini-miners) at one of my field sites this summer (prior to death of macro lens RIP beloved lens). To give some idea of relative scale Male and female next to one another (female is larger and has pollen brushes) Male mini miner Ireland […]
I managed to take these photos of the long-tailed tits while taking down one of my field sites a couple months ago now. I got some photos of this bird species last year, but I think these are better. I really think these birds are absolutely adorable! What a ham So fluffy! Hey! I just […]
I’ve been trying to get a halfway decent photo of a wren since I moved to Ireland almost two years ago and I finally did it! Some halfway decent photos!! Yaaaasss look at that hilariously short tail!! Some less good photos
Can you spot him hiding in the nettles? This guy was checking me out while I was sampling in the field the other day! Always fun to see urban wildlife. He gradually got so comfortable with me that he ended up sitting right next to my foot, munching on seeds while I was sampling. But […]
(Spoiler: the jumping spider won) Thistles are always a great place to find exciting insect phenomena. Not only do bees and, as I’m increasingly aware, syrphid flies and butterflies, love thistle flowers, but the spiny stems and leaves are a great place for prey and predator alike to hide and chase. If you find a […]
I can’t get over how cute baby moorhens are…they’re little fluffy dinosaur babies!
So far, I’ve found 4 mining bee nesting aggregations (2 of which I have posted about and 2 of which I will post about) and a feral honeybee hive in a wall that’s hundreds of years old. Therefore, it’s been a spectacular spring for bees and what else really matters anyway? I adore these little […]