So, a few days of recuperation required before doing it all again next weekend.
Walking may feel a bit slow to a runner such as myself, but you do actually get to see a little more, and it hurts a lot less. This morning - just - I headed off to Sconce Park, via the house martin nests near my home to see if anyone was at home. Only a solitary white rumped little bird was flying about, but I've seen more at other times.
As I walked through the hospital grounds, I noticed that there were ceonothus bushes in flower. Now, my folks have one of these, and it is late every year without fail, but these ones by the hospital were covered in their very sickly sweet smelling, cloudlike clusters of blue flowers. On closer inspection, what I was hoping to find where indeed there.
Tree bumblebees to me seem to arrive a little later than our native species, perhaps being a recent arrival from the continent they need warmer temperatures and longer days to be active. They have a very russet coloured back, much stronger than the common carder bees which can look similar at a brief glance. I always associate them with ceonothus, the family one will be literally buzzing with them when it flowers.
These weren't the only interesting bees I saw today however. Down in Devon Pasture, I was inspecting the new ponds they are digging but have yet to fill. I noticed movement in the not quite mud at the bottom, to find that there were colonies of mining bees flying in and out of little burrows. Some were the suddenly familiar golden-red coloured tawny mining bees, but others were much yellower and nearer to honey bees in hue. They were a swine to photograph, and my efforts cost me a nice collection of nettle stings on my backside. But I got a couple of useful shots, as you will see.
As yet, the swallows are not making their low level strafing runs across the park. I excitedly await this wonderful sight.
|Pretty little weed on a wall|
|House martin nests|
|Heavily laden tree bumblebee|
|Ceonothus clearly pollen rich|
|White tailed worker|
|Park side entrance|
|Not sure what this is, it is new out, and I'm not sure I've ever noticed it in the park before|
|The old wood|
|Mining bee burrowing|
|These signs had me curious|
|Apparently it was "Doggie Fun Day" in the park|