The little %#&*$@s are starting early this year! We had our first swarm, the garage bees, on Wednesday 30 April 2014:
You don’t get so much the sense of size and density with this amateur video as you do the sound of it. The sound of it is what usually attracts your attention. These bees have experienced exponential growth throughout April, obvious even under the most casual observation. We had scheduled our first inspection for this May Day holiday weekend, a little late it would seem.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:
Things had settled dowb a bit, but you can still hear the swarming bees which had settled only a few feet away from the garage, in the favored spot at the end of the drive.
But that wasn’t all for the day. This turned out to be a false swarm and so within a couple of hours they were all back in the hive.
We have set up a swarm catching nuc to see if we can direct them a bit and will still examine the hives this weekend.
(Parts 2 and 3 regaling you with wot we did on our holiday weekend, or rather what the bees did to be posted shortly. We are still recuperating from our exertions).