Totally not my thumb.
Totally not my thumb.
Someone in my neighborhood must have put up a beehive. I’ve seen more honeybees mobbing our bird bath this year than ever. I keep the water replenished for them as much as the birds and occasional squirrels.
We’re seeing huge numbers of bees this summer, often more bees than hummingbirds at the feeders. And in our case, it’s almost certain that nearby human intervention is not the cause.
Sometimes it’s not easy for the bees to get a drink:
obviously not my pet, but just look at this cutie! PigShark, FTW!
sharks are so. damn. cool.
They really are the coolest and creepiest of bugs…
Once I was sitting outside reading a book, looked down and saw 3 teeny-tiny little mantises running around on the arm rest. They were probably the size of my thumbnail if that. One threatened me. It was adorbs.
They bite. How do I know this? One got stuck in my car and bit me when I had it gently cupped in my hand to get it outside. No cups or paper and it refused to leave on its own. It was a big one and took a chunk of skin! I caught it again and called it bad names all the way to the grass.
Yeah, the full grown ones are wonderful and really scary. I would not fuck with one if I did not have to… They are my favorite bugs to see outside, tho.
Praying Mantises (?) are king of the bugs!
Signs of spring - the blue tongue skinks are out in the garden.
For scale this one’s about 20cm long.
Is It big or is It an average lizard?
Is that a type of nuthatch?
For an Eastern blue tongue this is a little on the small size - in a year or two it should grow to 30cm. For skinks they’re very large - we also get the tiny darting ones that are about 5cm long, but blue tongues are at the upper end of size in the skink family.
Well that’s just not cricket!
Oh no. We don’t have these birds in South América. This is a Bananaquit, one member of the posse that visit the feeder everyday.
Every time I ask you what a particular bird is you tell me it’s a Bananaquit. You’d think I’d learn?
Bananaquit. Just look at it
I wish I could have a feeder with fruits or seeds to bring out different birds. But It would only sound like an invitation to the pigeons.