My terraced sparrow box in Northiam is proving to be very popular this year. The red-tailed bumblebee nest is still active, with marked worker bumblebees making relatively rapid trips to collect pollen and nectar. The middle hole has a house sparrows nest with eggs, and the hole at the far end of the box has just produced it’s first brood of sparrow chicks.
It had been vacated for about a day before a hornet queen visited it this afternoon, prospecting for a nest hole. Fortunately she moved off to check other holes in a nearby property. I say fortunately because the box overlooks our neighbours garden, and they get very twitchy about buzzing things in our garden - indeed one of their sons was stung in our garden a few years back. I will not be popular if there are regular flights of hornets over the garden fence. Which is a shame because they are superb insects, and despite their size, rather well behaved.