Last Tuesday was fairly warm and I went to check the hives. The two stronger hives were very active so I decided to inspect the more active one. Much to my surprize, there were several frames with about 25% capped brood and 10% larva. Not having seen any brood for the past couple months, I didn't expect any until Feb. since our winter is just beginning (Santa Lucia mountains in CA, 20 miles west of Paso Robles). Looking around, I noticed the manzinita (sp?) trees nearby were bloomimg and the trees were buzzing with bees. Unfortunately, it was late in the day and the next day was rainy, so I didn't get a chance to inspect the other hives.