These past couple of days I've tried to identify the bees in my dad's garden (in Leicestershire), and comparing them to the species found at my mum's (in Nottinghamshire). So far I've found that Bombus hypnorum (Tree bumblebee) and Bombus pratorum (Early bumblebee) are the most abundant species at my dad's, whereas at my mum's there are many more Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumblebee), and I've only seen one Bombus pratorum. We aslo have a few Hylaeus communis (Common masked bee) at my dad's.
I also found this Green shield bug, and there was a bee I haven't been able to identify, although I have been told it might be a very worn Bombus hypnorum (Tree bumblebee), so if you can help me with the identification of this bee then please feel free to comment on this post.
On Saturday I went to Thornton Reservoir in Leicestershire for a couple of hours, in the glorious sunshine. I saw 33 species of bird, with highlights of fledgling Blue, Great and Coal Tits being fed, close Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests, a Nuthatch, and lots of whinnying Little Grebes on the reservoir. However the star of the visit was a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, which were a year tick!
On the insect front I saw Bombus vestalis (Vestal cuckoo bumblebee), Bombus lapidarius (Red-tailed bumblebee), Common Blue and Blue-tailed damselflies, and Red Admiral and Meadow Brown butterflies.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.