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  1. #1
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    Default First Pollen of 2009

    When we were in our hives today filling the top feeders and adding pollen patties, we noticed the bees have already starting to bring in pollen from somewhere.
    http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMGP1015.jpg

    Looked like they were loaded down pretty good too.
    http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMGP1017.jpg
    Here's a couple more from today.

    Cleaning up after I dropped the remnants of a pollen pattie.

    http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMGP1034.jpg

    http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMGP1038.jpg
    Last edited by Bizzybee; 03-15-2009 at 05:44 PM. Reason: reduce image size to 640x480 please
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    awesome BIG pics!!!! thanks for posting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No_Bivy View Post
    awesome BIG pics!!!! thanks for posting them.
    Yeah! That third picture really JUMPS out at you! I know they have close focusing binoculars but nothing like that, which would be interesting to use. Maybe they are available. Thanks for the pics flyingpig.

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    Judging from the color of the pollen and your location, my guess to the source is maple trees.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Bean View Post
    Judging from the color of the pollen and your location, my guess to the source is maple trees.
    Yeah, looks like silver Maple. If you guys are getting the same weather we are there are tons of pollen sources opening up. Too many warm days makes me scared. We get a freeze and all that early season potential goes bye-bye.

    Of course, we could have an early flow and we will all be happy.
    Richard
    Carriage House Farm, North Bend, Ohio

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    very nice shots! Can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can get my camera out again

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    Wonder how good Water Oak Pollen is for Bees? Its about a 1/2 inch thick on my Van today.

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