I noticed my bees collecting a light-coloured pollen from a flowering tree today that I’ve never noticed before. Here’s a cellphone shot:
The flowers are not juicy and wet like fruit flowers full of nectar. They’re dry and crumbly and the pollen easily floats away like dust with the slightest disturbance, very much like Sorrel pollen.
Anyone who lives in Newfoundland has probably seen this tree many times growing in the ditches by the side of the road. But I don’t know what it is.
I tried to take photos of the bees on the flower but couldn’t manage it easily with my cellphone. This is as good as it gets:
UPDATE (the next day): It’s an Alder Bush. Judging from the shrivelled appearance of the flower, I’d say it’s only a pollen source for the bees, not nectar, but it’s all good. Another early spring pollen source doesn’t hurt and Alder Bushes are plentiful in a place like Newfoundland.
Alder bushes are packed with #pollen that gives honey #bees and native pollinators a boost in the spring. It's the driest, dustiest pollen I've ever seen, but it's something. #beekeeping pic.twitter.com/jPIrh8eGMT
— Mud Songs (@MudSongs) June 15, 2019