No not a new breed but I have a New Zealand flax which is in flower and the sparrows are obviously enjoying something from the flower ? Nectar ? as they push their beaks into the flowers which the top part then leaves orange pollen on their heads!!
I don't have New Zealand flax but my sparrows have gone a bit insane this summer. They're eating so much compared to previous years and staying at the feeding station much longer than they used to. Usually they eat insects at this time of year so I wonder if there is a shortage of live food and they're having to eat other things instead. Perhaps the New Zealand flax has a particularly sweet nectar.
Yes, plenty of bees! I have some resident wild honey bees in an old porch which seem to be doing really well this year. Interestingly they don't appear to stay in my flowery garden, which they leave to the various types of bumble bee, but fly off purposefully into the distance..