First Blackcaps & Anthopora plumipes......
A visit to Filby (4th) found 2-3 Blackcaps singing and a female seen also. Two Chiffchaff were also in song, as was a Marsh Tit.
At the Ormesby Little Broad viewpoint at least 25 Tufted Duck were present along with Great Crested Grebes and the warring Coots and a male (teircel) Peregrine flew across the broad, whilst a female Marsh Harrier quartered the reeds on the far side of the broad.
A small charm of Lesser Redpoll and Siskin were seen in the Alders on the walk back to the car park and a Common Buzzard was heard calling.
A brief look across to Filby Broad found similar numbers of Tufted (as seen on OLB) and a drake Goldeneye.
Back at Martham, the Aubrietia flowers (the only plant in flower in a ‘garden in progress) attracted a male Anthophora plumipes aka Hairy-footed Flower Bee and a female was seen later briefly. A Peacock was also of note as it flew past the garden.
Great Tit Lesser Redpoll Blackcap
Blackcap Long-tailed Tit
Bees, Butterflies & Birds-Spring in the garden......
In the absence of my usual ‘partner in crime’ Jason the day (5th) was spent mainly in the Martham garden and very worthwhile it was too!
The warmer conditions, plus some sunshine had enticed some insects out and the first one was a Small Tortoiseshell over the garden. The Anthophora plumipes continued to visit the garden Aubrietia and my first Brimstone (male) was seen flying over the grassed area to the rear of the property.
Hearing gulls alarm calls I stepped out of the back door to see a Common Buzzard flying over (the first from the property), then on conversing with my neighbour David I saw a Robin sized bird fly off a nearby roof, which then appeared again further away on the roof tops of Grove Road, a Black Redstart!
Asking me what a particular bee was, began a session of bee photography in David’s garden, where several bees were visiting his Heather flowers. Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum and Buff-tailed Bumblebee B. terrestris were here as was a queen Red-tailed Bumblebee B. lapidarius. Both the Early and the Red-tailed were the first ones seen in 2018 but more was to follow!
Andrena (Mining Bees) were also present and two species were represented: Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaena and Yellow-legged Mining Bee A. flavipes. Thanks, to Nick (Owens) for confirming my identification of the Andrena species.
Black Redstart on the Martham roof tops Newly erected 'Bee Hotel'' in the garden