This bee could be a species of Cuckoo-bee as there are no visible pollen pouches on the hind legs. A little more investigation is required.
|The flowering Bird Cherry trees are at their best now|
|Goldfinchs on the Nyjer seed|
Work was done in the fern bed and a lot of the green algae was removed from the pond. Hopefully over a few days most of this dreadful stuff will be cleared. A fine male Broad-bodied chaser was spotted defending the pond as he darted around at speed resting briefly on the bamboo canes placed especially for photographic purposes
|Azure Damselfly recently hatched and resting on pond vegetation|
|Red Mason Bee excavation in the potato patch|
In the World war 2 garden Red Mason Bees have moved in! The earthed up ridges on the potato plants have provided an artificial nesting face for these bees. You can just make out the small excavation hole in the photograph.
With young Robins and recently fledged Great Tits about the garden was noisy with young birds clamouring for food. In the nest box though things were a little quieter as the young are a long way from leaving yet. We hope that the weather will be a little kinder this week to give the parents a chance to find food
|Robin looking down from the pergola for food|
|You can just spot two very small chicks!|