Certainly plenty of bees were in evidence. For a start I now have TWO tree bumblebee nests in the eaves of my flat, one in the corner, one over the font door. So glad about this, but sadly plenty of other folk here would be having kittens about having these harmless creatures move in.
My friend's foxgloves were also irresistible, but not to tree bumbles, who don't like feeding off deep belled flowers for some reason. No, it was buff tail and white tailed bumblebees enjoying the nectar from the pretty white, purple and pink plants.
There was action on London Road pond too. Coots and grebes were showing off their little ones, and the family of canada geese were having a good old hiss and peck at any mallard that got too close to the rapidly growing goslings. But the best sight of all was above the water rather than on it.
It was the first common tern of the year in Newark putting on a show, quartering the water, occasionally offering to do a spectacular dive but always thinking against it before resuming its search, its deeply forked tail demonstrating its "sea swallow" nickname as it used it to expertly steer in the air.
Such a recognisable bird, its flight is so different from a black headed gull, much slimmer in profile and also having the "pulling from the shoulder" sort of wing beat a swallow has.
I was immediately reminded of the 10 year old me, watching my first tern on a school field trip to Hunstanton, being passed the binoculars of a birdwatching teacher. That trip I found a nest of ringed plover chicks, saw fulmars on the iron red striped cliffs, and found the body of a razorbill I carried back to "Le Strange" Hotel.
Best school trip ever.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 15.06.15
|Sad woodpigeon with injured wing|
|Buzzy ceonothus today|
|Cross goose family|
|Love this stuff but no idea what it is|
|Tree bumble at work|
|These tinfy flowers were very attractive to the bees|
|White / buff tail working too|
|Lovely view of a tree bumblebee|
|Boat looks like a happy Egyptian whale shark|
|In a wild planter by the locks|
|Native ladybird with tiny spots|