After a difficult morning of new machine troubles (which did get fixed in the end!) I was on the phone by the pond in our yard and all I could hear was a buzzing! My phone was fine but when I looked up the Willow tree next to the pond had bloomed and the catkins were full of early spring pollen and nectar. I think ever honey bee in the area must have been busy collecting the nectar and moving pollen from catkin to catkin. I then noticed Queen Bumblebees buzzing around doing the same on the higher branches and then to my amazement I saw my first butterfly of 2011. A small tortoiseshell sunning its wings while sipping at the sweet nectar.
Spring must be here!! BWB