My husband called me outside, "Bees are everywhere! I think they're swarming!" Sure enough, I got outside and a huge mass of bees like a tornado was swirling in our backyard, 40 feet up by the pine trees. I'd never seen such a thing! I am a 3rd year beekeeper - first year they swarmed but I wasn't here, and this year, just 3 weeks ago, I got to pick up someone else's swarm (after the fact).
They ended up settling on a pine branch WAY up there, and we set up a bait trap for them. I decided to see which of my 3 hives swarmed - #1, the nuc I got this year, that must have gotten overcrowded... http://www.beesource.com/forums/imag...lies/frown.gif
After an hour or so, we thought, there's nothing really to lose, why not shoot the branch with a pellet gun, so see if we could shake them off.... after a few tries, my husband got a really good shot, and half the bees fell out of the tree! I was standing there with my bee suit on, waiting JUST in case with a nuc box ready... But no, we stirred them all up, and the tornado took off high over the neighborhood, and we lost them over the tree line.... of course, no one wants their own bees to leave, but I have to say, it was the most glorious thing I've seen in a good while!http://www.beesource.com/forums/imag.../thumbs_up.gif