I'm glad you started this topic with a pollen sighting as we now have another more lively sign of Spring:-
Tricia and Emily were collided with by what appeared to be a rapidly moving bumblebee on Thursday 8th March at Plum Cottage. They so astonished, having just emerged from an igloo that Ron had built in the garden (as you do!) that they were not absolutely sure if that is what it was. However we think they were right, because on the next day, Friday 9th, Barry and I were out in the garden when we also sighted a bee, this one a Honeybee visiiting Snowdrop flowers. It hung around quite a long time and it has to be said it felt really warm there in the sun. The thermometer said we had a maximum of 6.5 degrees C so not that warm in the shade though.
Just to let you know there is now loads of frogspawn in our pond. I think it arrived on 12th March which is 2 days earlier than last year even with all that cold and snowy weather we’ve had which I thought was surprising.
We saw frogspawn in our pond in Abernyte on 27th March and more appeared in the next few days after that.
I saw my first butterfly of the year last Sunday, 7th April. It was in our garden in Abernyte, a Peacock looking in fine fettle after the winter. Also there were quite a few bumblebees out visiting the Spring bulbs. The ones I saw were the very big Buff-tailed Bumblebee, as well as lots of honeybees.
Jane and Trefor heard a Chiff-chaff, always the first of the Spring migrant warblers, in their garden last weekend the 7th or 8th of April This morning, 12th April there was one singing loudly in our garden in Abernyte. I hope the weather warms up for them soon as it still feels very parky. We are reliably informed by Nicholas that there was already a Sand Martin at Lunan Bay on Tuesday 10th. Swallows are not usually far behind.