My Top Six Garden Bumblebees (Plus One!)

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.

Bombus Terrestris Buff Tailed Bumblebee-1

Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) photographed June 2009

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“Let’s cut down the starling roost!” Who made that decision?

For years starlings have been roosting just down the road from my house in a large clump of bamboo during the winter. It’s in the front garden of a block of flats in a busy residential road. If  you happen to walk past at dusk you will see a couple of hundred starlings gathering in the sky. However, I should really say “could see” because in January (between our two coldest bits of weather) it was cut down. I was so angry and upset that it’s taken me until now to tell their story.

What is left of the starling roost

The brown bit (next to the telegraph pole) is where the bamboo used to stand

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