Here are some videos from today's visit with the bees. We have a later swarm season this year due to the many cold spells. Some hives have already swarmed according to local beekeepers, but the main season is expected over the next two weeks.
Please keep an eye out for swarms and call me asap if you see one, or even think you see one - whether at the sanctuary, or elsewhere. Thank you. Enjoy your visit
For comparison a video from March 10th:
I was very excited to see a good-sized cluster of bees in the hive, that they made it through the winter, and that they seemed to have plenty of honey left for the remainder of the cold season! I had brought some honey to feed them, but upon inspection realized they didn't need it!
Beautiful sounds - outside, and inside the honey bee house:
Also, a wonderful view of the fresh uncapped honey cells.. notice how the cells are built at a slight upward angle - so the honey doesn't run out!
Activity at the barrel hive
Honey Bee Airport
Taking off, and coming in for landing at the hive entrance. Fun to watch!