Saturday, 21 March 2015

Busy Bees and Variable Weather

It's no wonder the weather is a major topic of conversation in the UK.  Once the kerfuffle about the partial solar eclipse was over the afternoon turned out to be glorious for the time of year. Here anyway. Temperature up to 14C, wall to wall Sunshine and more importantly not a breath of cold wind to spoil things. It even got me in the mood for pottering outdoors. Cleaned the pond pump so that is now back to full flow. Grass trimmed for the first time this year.

I was not the only one busy in the garden. The catkins on the corkscrew hazel were attracting dozens of bees. Right little fidgets they are to capture close shots:



Bumble bees were not so active. I saw several on various Sunny PVC windows soaking up what heat they could find:


Last but not least my first sighting this year of a 7 spot ladybird:


Today is completely the opposite. Cloudy and dull all day with a biting Northerly wind which cuts right through you. Makes the 7C feel more like 0C.


  1. Good to see the bees around. since 1100h on Friday I have enjoyed clear skies. Just my luck.

  2. The sun has brought the bumble bees out here too but then the sudden temperature changes have caught them out and many are just left immobile clinging to a wall. Good pictures of the Stock Dove and lucky it visited you. I have heard of them but never been lucky enough to spot one.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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