21st is good for me.
The flowering blackcurrant in the garden is nearly at full bloom, the Bumblebee's are starting to visit, the first Bumblebee to visit was an Early Bumblebee worker (Bombus Pratorum) closely followed by a queen Buff Tailed Bumblebee fresh out of hibernation.
|Early Bumblebee worker|
|Buff Tailed Bumblebee queen|
Not much has changed on the Birds around the garden, Goldfinches are visiting in good numbers throughout the day and appear to become more tolerant of human activity. Chaffinchs have become very common, although their numbers seem to fade as the summer months draw near. The occasional Greenfinch is always a nice surprise as they are rarely seen in our garden.
The Blackcap that has been with us through the winter months still visits the garden, it has become less territorial and totally ignores the other birds on the feeders much to their relief I suspect.
We now appear to have a pair of Robins that have adopted our garden, hopefully they will find somewhere to nest, a pair of Blackbirds have been seen gathering nesting material in the garden not sure if they are nesting within the garden. Other birds have included Blue Tits , Great Tits and the occasional Long Tailed Tit.
The male Sparrowhawk still trying its luck at ambushing the birds around the garden, fortunately unsuccessfully at the moment
Activity around the fish pond is increasing, several Common Newts have been seen, along with a mass of Frog spawn, which I must disguise, before my wife realises what she is looking at.
Looking forward to some proper spring sunshine.