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04-11-2008, 09:58 PM
Swarm today 4-11, in Portland Oregon.

Jujust about the same time as last year.

04-25-2008, 03:16 PM
Yolo County California
First Swarm call 4/18/08
In the town of Woodland
Temperature 76 degrees
wind was light 5-10 mph.

Today 4/25/08 has been a good day as I already have a swarm in a swarm trap in Zamora, CA area
Temp 75 degrees and is supposed to get up to low 80s this weekend.
Wind light and decreasing 5-10 mph. from the north west.

05-01-2009, 09:29 PM
4/22 swarm captured off a fence post.
Athena, OR 97813

03-25-2010, 12:30 AM
2 swarms in Portland, Oregon today. Both of them were between 3 and 5 feet off the ground. Gigantic!

Photos here: http://www.facebook.com/beethinking


03-30-2010, 11:49 AM
Picked up one swarm in Portland Oregon on Saturday the 29th. About the size of a soccer ball. In a bush.

04-11-2010, 07:24 PM
Picked up another swarm in North Portland today (Sunday April 11th). Got the call at about 2 pm. Easy capture; they were low in a hedge. Snip, snip and dropped 'em in a box. Easy breezy.

04-15-2010, 05:46 PM
4/15/2010: Swarm number 3. Portland Oregon. Things are picking up.

04-22-2010, 09:29 AM
first call for year
Southern Oregon

mid size swarm about 6 inches deep in a 5 gallon bucket

06-16-2010, 11:53 PM
I caught one in a box trap about 10 ft from where my daughter found one last yr. 6/12/10.

06-19-2010, 07:50 PM
6-19-10 7ft. up in a cherry tree,50yds. from a swarm trap.Bingo.

06-21-2010, 11:27 PM
We had a swarm on Saturday, June 19th, and then again today, the 21st. We captured both.

Our problem is we don't know if one or both came from our first hive.Today was the first chance I had to check our first hive with the help of a friend, and the queen was not there, there were queen cells empty as well as 2 or 3 capped, no larva or eggs, but not an over abundance of drone cells. This was the first time I looked in the hive since picking it up 3 weeks ago today. The man I got them from had no idea what happened, but suggested checking the hives in 3 weeks to see if the queen was in either of the swarms.
:scratch: confusion abounds

shifty-eyed critter
07-02-2010, 12:13 AM
July 1st, call came about 1:00. Arrived at 3:00, set up 8 ft. ladder and snipped small branches into hive body. About halfway down ladder, lost control of hive body and dropped out one of the bigger balls of bees. 1:45 hr. drive to and from site, so it was probably a little traumatic for them. I'll check on them in the morning.

Wish I would have had my bee-vac set up. I don't have enough hose yet. Would have been incredibly easy.

09-22-2010, 06:59 PM
Got home from work today and found a small swarm on a Nandina bush in the front yard. Boxed it up in a 3 framer and will lock it up and move it tonight. Friday I'll see if I can take a couple of frames from one of my other hives and add it to this one.

I'm wondering if one of my nucs swarmed. I don't see how, they are on the small side and I just gave them more room.


04-24-2011, 11:31 AM
Set a trap 4/20 at a church that had a problem last yr.Got a call 4/22 from the super. Checked 4/23 am took it home 4/24 pm.

04-27-2011, 11:56 PM
location: Washington County Oregon (NW corner of state)
weather: clear that day with highs in the upper 60's.
Date: April 23, 2011

Healthy swarm and of good size. Taken off of a cherry tree in the dark as the call did not come in until 9:30PM.

05-11-2011, 01:12 PM
Just picked up my first ever swarm. In Eugene, OR, 97403. Probably about 4 lbs.

06-06-2011, 06:27 AM
Salem, OR, 97317, June 4, 10am, sunny 70 degrees f. Unknown origin

07-25-2011, 05:16 PM
A friend called and told me about a swarm that happened 7/24/2011, picked it up today. Five and a half pounds of bees. They look small, so I'm hoping a feral swarm. Mix of colors, shades of yellow dominate, but black stripe and gray stripe too; didn't see any black in with them.

I've got them hived, now to figure out how to steal some of the bees for some nucs that need a boost. Didn't have time to figure out how today.


04-09-2012, 02:54 PM
First call of the season in Portland, Oregon 97202. Likely 4-5lbs, hanging nicely about 5 feet up from the branch of a cedar tree. I hope they are all this easy this year!

Here's a link to some photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150797293457853.476409.102024562852&type=3


05-07-2012, 11:00 PM
Weather cleared up two days ago, and is forecast to be nice for the next week. Got called about a swarm, went to pick up a spare box I had at a buddies near by to hive it. Turns out a swarm moved into that box a few hours before I got there! So two swarms today..

05-11-2012, 12:24 PM
Getting to be peak swarm season here in the Willamette Valley based on reports. Had a swarm move into one of my traps yesterday - my first swarm catch and will move them next week after they have a chance to settle in.


05-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Prime swarm season down in Eugene Oregon. I'm aware of 4 this week.. I just caught 1 right outside my office window. Sure beats the normal work day activities :)

05-29-2012, 11:22 PM
Large swarm from one of my hives. Dallas Oregon. 5/29

04-16-2013, 11:24 AM
This thread isn't very active. I captured a football sized swarm in North Portland, OR. yesterday April 15. Better than a tax return.

04-16-2013, 07:18 PM
Today 4/16 two swarms by my bees but I think they were from some commercial pollinators nearby.

04-17-2013, 03:30 PM
Around 4/10 and 4/11 in Medford, OR, a beek caught a couple swarms. We have one of them now in our first hive (a TBH). I'm guessing 3lbs or more of bees. I think the other swarm was a bit smaller from what he said.

04-17-2013, 06:46 PM
If they all stayed in the hives I put them in I will have gotten 4 hives between verboort and forest grove ore.

06-14-2013, 07:12 PM
JUNE 14,2013--Sunny day and 85 degrees south of Cave Junction in southern Oregon. Golden Mean top bar hive,April 9 this year package install filled hive except last bar, Carniolans, swarmed today.

06-16-2013, 03:37 PM
Portland, Oregon here. June 4th through 16th. I and some others around here have been getting so many swarm calls it's impossible to keep up. As soon as the morning clouds free up and people start looking around outside, it's "Oh my God there's this crazy mess of bees in my back yard! HELP! Pretty much upper 50's to low 60's at night and pushing 80 or more in the days.

06-24-2013, 09:34 PM
Just picked up two swarms today! One was a relatively easy cut-out and beevac, the other was in a wood box in the barn--just shook them into my bucket!

05-03-2014, 10:06 PM
On mayday '14 a swarm (not from one of my hives) installed itself in my Bee equipment shed in a 10 frame deep that was in a large paper bag. I had two hive sets waiting for captured swarms, (I'm on swarm lists). I had inspected them to make sure they were ready to go and did not seal the bags very well. We tore open the bag put a bottom board under it and a top board halfway on top to let the dozens flying around in the shed go to roost. When it got dark we closed the top and closed it up. We will feed for a day or two and move it out to the bee yard. (No I didn't buy a lottery ticket.)Scappoose, OR 97056

05-11-2014, 03:31 PM
Swarm in Aloha, OR on May 8th 2014. 97006 area code. I now have my first hive! :)

09-19-2014, 01:20 PM
Sept 15---Swarm out of top bar hive ....only saw small one( 2 softballs size) near Cave Junction,SW Oregon

04-07-2015, 02:18 PM
April 7 15. I caught a small 1-1.5 lb swarm in downtown Portland today. It was hanging at eye level on a small branch. It was a cloudy light misty day, temperature was about 45 degrees. Usual for Portland. I Clipped the branch and dropped the swarm in my collection bucket. Total time about 30 seconds. Now I have to go buy a lottery ticket.

04-19-2015, 04:38 PM
I've had a lucky week. On 7 April 15, I got a swarm call at 9:00. It was a cool overcast morning, (this is Portland) The Bees were hanging from a branch about six feet from the ground in a tree on the patio of a credit union in downtown Portland. I cut the branch and dropped the bundle into my bucket. From getting out of my truck to getting back in was 15 min. Later that afternoon I got a second call. That was more work, it was on the back of a little trailer. On the 17th I got a call about a swarm in a bush in a middle school parking lot in Tigard, OR. I shook them into my bucket and waited until the flyers joined the rest.

09-02-2015, 09:24 PM
Itty bitty swarm in tree above the hives today (9/2)-- gonna guess it's from one of the seven hives below it. We're not sure which right now. Softball sized ball, pretty tiger striped queen, about a frame and a half of bees. Put them into a nuc, donated some stores, a frame of open and capped brood and an empty drawn frame with a couple naked frames for them. They seem to be content. Feeding them along with the other hives.

Now to figure out which hive threw them and see what their queen situation is.

09-06-2015, 06:44 PM
Itty bitty swarm in tree above the hives today (9/2)-- gonna guess it's from one of the seven hives below it. We're not sure which right now. Softball sized ball, pretty tiger striped queen, about a frame and a half of bees. Put them into a nuc, donated some stores, a frame of open and capped brood and an empty drawn frame with a couple naked frames for them. They seem to be content. Feeding them along with the other hives.

Now to figure out which hive threw them and see what their queen situation is.

I don't think one of our hives threw them afterall. All queens are accounted for and she doesn't really "look" like she came from here. They are settling in and drawing comb from syrup. We'll see how they do!

02-09-2016, 10:58 AM
What is needed:

zip code, city or county
date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.

This forum is not for general discussion.

03-31-2016, 01:00 AM
97333 - Milwaukie (Southeast Portland)

My neighbor's feral hive swarmed, and flew off the same day. Unfortunately they didn't move into my bait hive :rolleyes:

04-17-2016, 10:20 PM
Helped hive a swarm in Corvallis 4/13/2016

04-20-2017, 09:10 PM
Roseburg, Oregon April 18, 2017

05-09-2017, 02:08 PM
97355, Oregon, May 8 2017
Prime swarm, from one of our hives. Watched them swarm to a nearby tree. Same tree that a swarm went to last year, 18-20ft up. Happened between noon and one. Hived them in a 10 frame deep.

Reef Resiner
05-24-2017, 11:43 AM
5/21/17 - Very Small swarm caught in trap. Location: Portland, OR

5/23/17 - Average swarm caught on a branch. One of mine. Location: Gresham, OR

Reef Resiner
05-29-2017, 10:58 AM
5/28/17 - Large swarm trapped, trap easily weighed 20 pounds more. Temp 85. Location: Portland, OR.

Reef Resiner
06-07-2017, 09:07 PM
Large swarm trapped.
Temp: 80
Location: Portland, OR

All trap locations are beginning to see scout activity.

06-20-2017, 03:33 PM
My big beautiful Russians I bought this year swarmed away. Hopefully they found a good home. T_T
Temp: 78
Location: Eugene, OR (Santa Clara)

06-21-2017, 08:12 AM
caught a nice, big swarm
umpqua, oregon

04-05-2018, 01:25 PM

Weather has been rainy and 50s

Got a call yesterday but went and captured them today. A nice swarm. Was very unexpected with the weather we have been having.

04-11-2018, 01:55 PM
Eugene, OR
My russians swarmed out of top bar hive early afternoon
Weather: hot, rainy, windy - so...typical Oregon ;)
Was able to put it in my spare hive

Reef Resiner
04-19-2018, 09:54 AM
Location: Portland, OR
Temp: 60F
Swarm Size: Average

Called to location to remove bees from a small pear tree. Ties my earliest swarm capture date of 4/18/16.

05-14-2018, 04:23 PM
may 14. Just hived a very nice swarm from a friends property in south Lane County. I didn't get a single sting from them. On the other hand, the Blackberry thicket where they were hanging out stabbed the heck out of me.

05-14-2018, 05:23 PM
Bees moved into one of my bait hives sometime between 5/9 and 5/11! Milwaukie, just south of Portland. My first catch! :D

Also, I forgot to post it, but my neighbor's hive swarmed back on 4/19. Sadly, they decided that my bait hives weren't sufficient...