Fall drought resulted in not getting my usually fall wildflower harvest of about 20lbs. Instead had to feed heavily.
Winter rains resulted in strong late winter pollen and nectar availability. But now our spring rains are absent and I am expecting that we will see some challenges unless rain comes soon. We usually see the nectar dry up early in June when the heat and rainfall tapers off. Not sure what will happen as the heat is early and the rainfall isn't there.
Having only 4 years experience I am still a 'newbie' when it comes to observing the blooms and what the bees are working. This year was the learning experience of truly watching the upper story tree bloom I had been ignoring. Thanks to what I learned from the checkerboarding discussion I became aware of and started to search out and find bloom in the winter. We had lots of flying days this winter and that pollen had to be coming from somewhere. I have watched the succession of bloom, pollen activity, switch from pollen to nectar and am excited to see the next few months. Every year my eyes seem to open up a little more.
"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"
Henry David Thoreau, Walden