I was told off on Twitter today by BBC 6 Music! They have talked on the Radcliffe Maconie show about how to revive a tired bee. I thought they said they needed honey.
So when I found a bee on the doorstep, I put a blob of honey next to it. The bee ‘drank’ some honey and flew away. The dog then ate the honey. I tweeted the show about my good bee deed. It appeared I had done THE WRONG THING!!
I should have dissolved some white sugar in water then given that to the bee. Honey is bad because it could come for anywhere in the world. My mistake was tweeted to the 1000’s of followers of the show. I was as humiliated as a school child.
Faced with this, I did what I always do and took the dog for a walk. It was warmer than I thought but I didn’t notice many bees. I decided to keep a particular lookout for bees. Though this was tricky, as I also had to throw stick, catch the dog when she wanted to chase some ducklings and put her on her lead to avoid a savage border collie. The bees were in their greatest profusion by the yellow flag irises next to the canal. I did try to take a photograph, the bees were camera shy. I will keep more of my attention on the bees now.
I also saw a sparrow fly with something to into a hedgerow. I approached and could hear chirruping. Then I stepped on a twig with a loud snap and the chicks were silent. How early the instil for self preservation develops!