What more could I have done?
This was my third year trying to obtain a swarm. We moved to a new town in January, and I promptly got the word out that I was keeping bees.
Before swarm season began, I had posters up at all the major businesses, my name on the swarm list, my business card with the local sheriff, fire department, and dispatch center. I wrote an article about beekeeping for the local newspaper, and had an ad in the same paper. I also spread the word each time I did class presentations. I placed five swarm traps along the major country road through town with a great lure recipe from a guy who's caught 30 swarms this season. Two of those traps were hives full of comb, on people's property who wanted bees. I thought with the calm winter, this would be the year I would find success. I drive my stretch of highway 4-12 times every day, and always scan the trees and fences for any sign of swarm activity.
NOT ONE CALL.
Honestly, what more could I have done? I'm quite depressed over the situation. I was counting on catching at least two swarms this season, as my "bee budget" did not permit the purchase of more than one package this year. AARRGH!
If I'm neither sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, nor melancholy, does that mean I'm out of humour?