Yesterday, the thermometer reached an unbelievable 82 deg F. Unfortunately, I didn't get to enjoy any of it as I was laid up in bed with the flu and an even higher temperature of my own. Thus, my plans to build hive stands and check on the bees were completely derailed. But with another gorgeous day today (72 deg), I vowed not to let a little fatigue keep me away from the hives.
The difference that two days makes is positively astonishing. Today, the girls' pollen bags were so fat that they had trouble getting the pollen past the mouse guards. They're starting to get the pollen "stripes" that I associate with skunk cabbage season, too.
|Even though this isn't a great photo, you can see the pollen that couldn't make it through the screen.|
|Lots of pollen from crocus and swamp cabbage.|
|I love seeing the pollen "stripes"|
Apparently, Elsa and Austeja do not appreciate having their hives stuffed with straw and are trying to drag it out of the entrances. Unable to pull it out completely, they are propolising the straw.
|Straw being propolised in the entrance.|
To help the bees out, I pulled the mouse guards off all of the entrances. We might still get some freezing weather, but I think the danger of mice entering the hive is, to borrow a phrase from my eldest child, "probably maybe" over.
Although I'd love to do a little more spring maintenance today, I have to acknowledge my limits. We're supposed to have another day in the high 60's next Wednesday, and those hive chores can "probably maybe" hold for at least another week. The change in two days has been so remarkable that I can't wait to see the difference that a week makes!