[Edit] I apologize to my readers. I should've read the sensor data more closely. It appears that the D3000 sports a CCD sensor, not a CMOS Gen2 sensor, like what's in the D90/D300/D5000. As a fellow photog on Flickr mentioned, unless Nikon improved the noise capabilities of the CCD, the D3000 is no different than a D60.
It's still cool that this camera takes the same batteries as the D40/x/60 cameras, and it looks like they also share the same focusing screens.
Below is a quick comparison of the focusing screen specifications from DPReview:
They look identical. What this means for MF/non-cpu nuts like myself, and those other MF/non-cpu nuts over at Flickr is our Katzeye focusing screens, as well as the Hoada Fu and other alternative screens are already available. That is awesome. I think I know what I'll be buying next summer...unless, of course, Nikon finally brings out the mythical $1500, no-frills, FX camera.
A small update on the bees. We found a park that has thousands of cosmos...no sunflowers, but plenty of cosmos. It looks like there may yet be hope for my bee pictures this year. I won't get a chance to venture over there till the afternoon, but that's perfect as that's when the bees really come out en masse. In any case, I so look forward to shooting some more pictures of bees.