Spring is very early here this year. On the US Canada border (48 degrees north, about 90 degrees 45 minutes west) the snow is almost gone now. The first willows started budding April 5th and they are in full bloom now. The tag alders were supplying pollen on April 5th as well. That was the first day the bees brought anything in. We are way ahead of last year which was cold all the way til the first week of June, which was the last snow. I guess it's global warming.
After 4 warm sunny days the pussy willows started to open today. Salix bebbsiana, maybe. Some kinda salix, anyhow. Can't really see any pollen on 'em yet but it's too cold and wet for the bees to fly anyhow.
Up on the international border here, nearest US zipcode is 55731, nearest Canadian post office is P0T 1C0
First dandelions next to buildings this week--pussy willow also--crocus next to house--and tag alders....no pollen on any of it yet, but this week things should break loose---Probably tag alder will be the first to produce pollen...Bees are looking...zip 56649 canadian boarder.
International Falls, Mn
All the early spring floura and fauna POPPED this week....
now dandilions, fruit trees, seems like everything but the hardwoods..
Pollen everywhere---Bees are exploding...
We finally had NICE weather in the mid and upper 60's
56649---I Falls, Mn.
First crocus next to house, 3 feet away was the remains of a snow bank,,,40 deg F and no wind, the bees were flying with purpose,, not just orientations although some of that also , neighbors "?blackberry?" tree seems to be budding, also willows and boxelder....I also expect "tag alder" are making their existance known for 2016---They are the first pollen producers here.....expecting a few days in/near 50F next week
56649---I Falls, Mn.
Good Friday 3/25/16
2 inches of snow over night but took a 10 mile ride on the railroad trail through the swamps and there were miles of developed pussy willows and tag-elders with full catkins....Its hard to believe that these plants can develop in a frozen swamp with running water in places,,,,I was breaking through ice with the wheeler 50% of the time...
Easter Sunday 3/27/16
Nuc hives in bee house were bringing in tons of pollen from the neighbors Hackberry/Mulberry? tree in town. And my hives out in the country were bringing in yellow pollen by the bucket loads even though the country side seems brown and frozen with only wispy brush lighty tinted with reds and yellows...No elm or maples anywhere close so the pollen must have been from the tag-elders and pussy-willow 1/2 mile away......45F and they are flying like theyre on fire
81f here in Minnesota today. I noticed our bees were hitting the Pussy Willows hard along our creek bed. Future forecast looks good. My question is how fast can our hives fill up on Pussy Willow nectar and pollen? The pollen they are bringing in is just crazy. Its the only thing I know of that's in bloom here at this time.