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:
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:
I’ll update this post as soon as I can find someone who can identify the scraggly looking tree or shrub this flower belongs to. Thanks.
UPDATE (the next day): It’s an Alder Bush. Judging from the shriveled 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.