Half-way through 2019

This spring was a good one for solitary bees – tawny miners everywhere: females emerging,

Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva) Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva) Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva)
with males standing by
Tawny Mining-bee (Andrena fulva)

Then there were hairy-footed flower bees, ashy mining bees, red mason bees, leafcutter bees…
Hairy-footed flower bee (Anthophora plumipes)Andrena cf. nigroaeneaOsmia bicornis (m)?Solitary bee (Megachile centuncularis?)Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria)Andrena sp

and of course bumblebees

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)Bumblebee

Not so good for butterflies so far, perhaps because of the long wet spell, and the annual emergence of scarlet tiger moths was late

Scarlet tiger moth (Callimorpha dominula)

but garden birds are doing well, with adults feeding fledgling starlings, robins, bluetits, great-tits, blackbirds, house sparrows… and, as always, wood-pigeons and collared doves. Here are just a few:

FledglingBluetit (Cyanistes caeruleus), juv.Great tit (Parus major), juv.Pester power.

Coming next: butterflies (I hope), whitethroats, skylarks, hedgehogs – and cuckoo bumblebees.

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