A bee can spend a long time on each flower, sometimes more than a minute.
A lot of time is spent grooming to collect the pollen in the corbiculae (pollen baskets) on her hind legs. This photo shows well the pollen brushes on the inside of the back legs which the bee scrapes against each other to move the pollen ready to squeeze into the pollen baskets.
These photos show a bee rubbing the brushes against each other.
The grooming carries on in the short flights between flowers.
This bee is cleaning her proboscis with her front legs while flying.
Here's another bee hovering just beside a snowdrop.
The honey bees were also foraging elsewhere. I could see them high in the cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) flowers in the hedge and this one was on winter clematis.
Then back on the snowdrops I saw my first bumblebee of the season. I had only a fleeting view but think it is a buff-tailed queen (Bombus terrestris) although it has a curious gap in its yellow belt.
Moments later I saw a tree bumblebee queen (Bombus hypnorum).
So now it really must be spring. Here's hoping for more warm sunny days to get the season off to a good start.