Today I finished uploading my last video in a series about my "first try at bee lining". That's the title of the series.
When I started hunting for the bees I had no idea whether I'd find a feral hive, a bee yard, or nothing but chiggers and skeeters. For that reason I started filming when I started hunting and just recorded my experiences day by day and posted each day's video as I found the time.
It was a very slow process probably because I had no experience. I'm pretty sure others are faster at finding wild bee trees and that's fine. I read some threads on this forum about a beek (Randy Ray) ? who found a wild hive in 20 minutes. Bless your heart. lol And I did watch another video (showing only the hive, but not the hunt) where the fella found the hive in just a few minutes. Will wonders ever cease?
One reason I posted the series is because there's no other videos posted on the subject except for one by Mcartney Taylor giving an introduction to the process. I hope the series I posted will encourage others to start bee lining and to record their experiences and make videos of the hunts so the rest of us can watch and learn.
My video mainly highlights how difficult it is to get a line on bees in the forest until the lighting is "just right." This morning I read a series of threads on this forum sharing experiences and suggestions. I did try coating one bee with powdered sugar. It didn't occur to me that the sugared bee would be cleaned off at the hive by the other bees. lol So, that idea was a bust for me.
From the same starting point as "my first try bee lining" I now have another bee line. I'm following that line as weather, my poor eyesight and my old ailing back permits. Whether I record that second adventure and post it is still up in the air for me at this time. If I do record the second try I'll take a slightly different tack for the whole process.
Anyway, if you decide to give the videos a look I hope you find the series interesting.
Oh, as of October 31, 2013 I have NOT opened my youtube account up to advertising, so I benefit nothing from making the series, except getting the learning experience, sharing my experience with people and observing the number of views.
The only thing that might be considered "new" is that I introduce what I call a redneck bee box. I did try catching a few bees in a jar to feed and try getting a bee line from those bees, but that didn't work great for me. So I tried something else which did work for me, that is, after a few tries.
I drew a few maps (mainly shown at the end of a day's video) with Paint showing the lines the bees took from the feeders I put along the way and my progress as I made progress. Just so you know up front its not an action movie by any stretch.