Honey bee on willow (Apis mellifera)
Busily collecting pollen, the pollen sacs on this one's legs, were full!
Hover fly (Eristalis)
These bee mimic flies were common and busy around the willow tree by the pond. Sometimes landing on the catkins, sometimes on the grass below.
Red-winged blackbird, female
The first female blackbird that I've seen this spring, and others will follow closely. Nesting will now get underway!
These irresistible little guys are scampering all over the BYG, finding tunnels under rocks, through the rock walls, and so on.
Andrenid bees, mating on a willow catkin
A good sign for Earth Day, 2013! These bees mating to produce more of these small pollinators!
A gorgeous shot, by Diane, of this lovely little kinglet. Neither this, or the ruby-crowned kinglet, are easy to photograph. They are very common in the region at the moment, as they are passing through in good numbers.
Diane reports this: " Near the pond there was one Red-winged Blackbird and Tree Sparrow. Walking to the old field I saw a number of birds inlcuding 7 Song Sparrows on the ground, one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, one Pine Warbler, 2 Juncos, 2 American Goldfinches. Saw 6 House Finches near the feeder in the old woods, 8 White-throated Sparrows. In the Butterfly Meadow sitting in the Norway Spruce there were 5 Golden Crowded Kinglets, plus a Belted Kingfisher flying over. To my delight, I saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch cleaning a hole to create a nest in a dead tree. I walked further to see the beautiful Kestrel up high in a tree. Squirrels were busy and I saw very briefly a rodent running around. They were a few Robins flying around the garden, but was glad to see my first Yellow-shafted Flicker of the year in the BYG plus more white-throated sparrows.
Another view of this pretty bird.
A super shot by Diane, of this pretty little bird, another one of those small, very fast-moving birds that are hard to photograph.
Diane made an exciting discovery... this nuthatch was excavating a nest hole in a snag. If they do nest, it will be the first nesting record of this species for the garden. They are not a rare species, but they typically tend to nest in coniferous woodlands, not in urban areas, or small natural areas within the city, such as the FWG.
Here, the nuthatch is leaving the potential nest site.
Tree Swallows at nest box
There are many swallows around the garden at present, so we are hoping that they will breed in greater numbers than last year.
The first waves of early returning warblers are coming through the area now, including these guys, and yellow-rumped warblers. This beauty posed nicely for Diane.