Friday, 13 April 2018

A run around the East Coast

Linda and I had business in the east this morning, so came home via the coast road from Horsey through to Bacton. We were sort of hoping for a Ring Ouzel or Crane, but in the event there was very little to be seen: lots of Mute Swans, Buzzards and Marsh Harriers at Horsey, more Buzzards at Waxham (and a small flock of Guinea Fowl in a nearby cereal field) and a large group of Brent Geese at Walcott.

Back home, while Linda and I were doing a spot of garden maintenance, this small black Bumblebee buzzed loudly in the borders. Any ideas?









3 comments:

James Emerson said...

Hi David.

Your bee is a female Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes). It's a sexually dimorphic species - the females are all black and the males are a kind of tan colour with a pale yellow triangle on the face.

They are often found in gardens in late March and April, favouring plants with long flowers like Lungwort.

Regards,

James

John Eady said...

Hi David, l think it's a female hairy-footed flower bee, Anthrophora plumipes, one of the earliest bees to emerge in spring
Best wishes
John Eady

David said...

Many thanks, Gents!