Okay, I'm back, isn't it lovely, it's called a blue-banded bee. I gather they are not uncommon, but I've never seen one before and was thrilled to bits.
On a final note, guess how many eggs we had this week...... 31!!
The new girls are settled and happy, they now know how to be chickens, spending their days foraging in the orchard and empty vegie beds. They know we are the bringers of the scrap bucket, and cluck excitedly around our legs when we visit them. It's so nice to see. They are feathering up nicely too, so will soon be as beautiful as Angie and Bridget, the old girls. This is the big shrub in the corner of their yard, there will often be a chicken or two sitting up in it, being king of the castle. Life is good in the henhouse. :-)