|No, my family name is not Hood.|
I was walking out to the bluebird house to drop some dried meal worms on their doorstep as a house warming gift. While they are not crazy about dried meal worms at this time of year, they will eat a few. They had nested here last year and except for one crazy event with a black rat snake that we had to haul away, they were able to bring up two new bluebirds. I had not seen them going in and out, but I did see some grasses sticking out of the side of the door and since we had carefully cleaned all the nesting boxes, I was sure they had returned. (Then again, bluebirds are notoriously ingenious and this could just be a fake nest. They have managed to chase off the chickadees from building in other nearby houses!)
When I turned back I saw out of the corner of my eye a fairly large shadow of a bumblebee, but it made no sound. Wow, I thought, he was really moving, faster than any I had seen this spring! I turned and tried to catch him with my eye again and then this is what I saw below. I took several shots, but Mr. Speedfast below was hard to catch in the colder morning air. This is the FIRST of the season. I am thinking about putting up another feeder nearby.
This month I also find my self almost daily tripping over this little fellow when I venture out either to the front yard or the back yard. He has a varied range.