Drinker Moth Caterpillars. The fog was so bad end of last week, I couldn’t see 3m ahead let alone onto the cliffs. So I settled for insects instead :)

Whilst watching the cliffs last week, we saw a female peregrine land with a pigeon above the seabirds and have her lunch. The male came and gave us a great comparison for how small he is compared to the female.
She quickly saw him off and enjoyed he pigeon in peace (good lass).

Here’s the initial view through the telescope, and then zoomed in (not in the exact same place in this case.)
Managed this with an adaptor for telescopes and iPhones, in love!
Guillemots in the first one, razorbill in the second :)

So I’ve been here a week…

Although actually I’ve been home this weekend :)
The birds aren’t settled on the cliffs yet so the full on surveying doesn’t start for a little while.
We’ve been scouting the plots and keeping an eye on the various species and getting some practice in (for me anyway, especially with a telescope!)
I have lots of photos on my phone, but they’re not the best quality so I can only apologise. Don’t have wifi here, so for now my phone will have to do!

beneath-my-tree said: Congratulations! good luck on the job :3

Thank you :D

So, umm, I have news!

In April I will be the new seabird researcher resi-vol for the RSPB! 
I have spent a lot of time applying, and interviewing for things in 2014. 

I turned down a year long internship, because it wasn’t quite right, and I got a lot of stick for that from a number of people because I wasn’t willing to settle. 

I truly don’t believe in settling, unless you’ll happier settling than waiting for something better, or right thing to come along. 

Maybe I got lucky, waiting for the right thing, and then really really pushing in the interview. I got this placement by ringing the assistant warden directly and just asking, he put me through to interview based on sheer determination I think! Sometimes you just have to keep pushing. 

This isn’t paid, but I get accommodation and most expenses paid for, it’s until the end of the breeding season, so probably mid July. The last guy got employed straight after, so we’ll see. 

Either way, I’m happy. And I am also happy I had some time off, just working little jobs here and there and looking after myself. You can’t give yourself a hard time for not being where you wish you were, just got to keep trying and doing what you can. 

So expect lots of updates, and bird photos, although without wifi I’ll be using the rspb computers (ooer). 

Mites on a large (going to guess queen) bumblebee. External mites don’t tend to harm the bumble bees. They hop off once nests are made, and they feed on pollen and other nest debris. 

These kinds only cause an issue when there are too many on individual bees and prevent efficient flight. I guess they could also be vectors for disease, but I haven’t researched this. 

Blue tit in the lovely witch hazel  {

Blue tit in the lovely witch hazel 

Hey Megs. {

Hey Megs.

Don’t often see robins on the feeders, they’re usually on the ground below them… {

Don’t often see robins on the feeders, they’re usually on the ground below them…

Siskins the other day on the feeders. I’ve now moved the gopro to the actual feeder but that means I can’t film both at once so, sod’s law, an interesting bird is always being missed! 

Poor iPhone photo, but 2 female and a male Siskin on the feeder. {

Poor iPhone photo, but 2 female and a male Siskin on the feeder.

And…

Greenfinches.

Front garden bird feeder is a success!

I put up a fat block and sunflower hearts in the front garden the other day and we’ve had hoards of birds.
The usual suspects - blue tits, great tits, robins, coal tits and starlings.
Also gold finches, 6 Siskins at a time, long tailed tits and today a male black cap!
That’s even the birds that pick up the scraps from the floor! I need to clean the windows and get my camera out!

Can’t believe how clear the water is at Dun Laoghaire. {

Can’t believe how clear the water is at Dun Laoghaire.