26 April 2010

Garden Stuff

The first juvenile Siskins of the year, have returned over the last couple of days. Last year we first had juveniles 9th April, so maybe the hard winter has held them up a bit this year? A much duller bird than the female. Much more heavily streaked, especially the upperparts. The feature that stands out for me every time is the wing bar. Probably no brighter that on its parents, but because of the overall duller grey/brown plumage it stands out more. A Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum sightings are becoming more common in the garden. Hopefully, soon to be joined by the much sort after Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum. Well, we live in hope!

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