I don’t know about you but as the years pass (and seem to blur) I can never remember what I’ve seen when, so this year to jog my memory here’s some highlights from January/February 2014. Hopefully some of these will make an appearance VERY soon.
The wild year started slowly in my patch but by the 23 January there was a brambling on the feeder, along with a mass of greenfinch and goldfinch and the odd bullfinch. The flowers started popping at the beginning of February and I saw my first bee, a red tailed bumblebee, on the 16 February. The month ended with the annual frog knees-up at the pond.
I think I’m ready now for 2015 – but just make sure you throw some wildlife at me really, really soon otherwise I might sink into a deep depression and hibernate until April!
Brambling 23 January
Brambling 23 January
Bullfinch 23 January
Snowdrops 4 February
Cyclamen 4 February
Mahonia 4 February
Crocus 16 February
First Bumblebee 16 February
Frogs spawning 20 February
Forgive me blogging-friend for I have sinned. It has been 40 days since my last blog. I seek forgiveness by giving you my “Top Six Bumbles” and promise to do many, many hours of penance in front of my computer in the coming months.
Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) photographed June 2009
Bumblebee colonies die in late Summer early Autumn leaving only mated Queens to hibernate over Winter and emerge in Spring to start up new colonies – at least that’s what the books say! Over the last few years more and more bumblebees have been seen flying around in the depths of winter. So what’s going on????
So it looks like summer is well and truly over. October arrived with northerly winds and Summer 2008 waved goodbye and got on the next plane to Florida. Depressed? At least we had a couple of weeks of sunshine and the insects managed to have a final feed.
I’m not going to apologise for writing another post on bees so quickly. It’s not going to be long before their buzz will have completely disappeared from our gardens and we will have to wait for 2009 to see them again.
On Friday I had the pleasure of accompanying Stuart Roberts from BWARS on a survey of Upton Heath in Dorset (also in the parish of Corfe Mullen) for bees and wasps.