With today's continuing fine weather we have a new bird in the garden. At first, from its black bib, we thought it was a cock house sparrow, but it has a black crown, a very distinguished white collar, and pale spots running down onto its breast.
We then thought it might be a reed bunting, but the side of the head should be black as well as the crown. Could this be a juvenile reed bunting, or is it something quite different?
The sunshine and warmth has brought out the first of the year's bumblebees. It's either a buff- or a white-tailed bumblebee, and it, like the honey bees, was enjoying the heather in our front garden.
And the warmth has reawakened other, less welcome insects, like this fly.