Flying for the first time this year!
They are bringing back very light pollen- I'm guessing maple or elm
very small amounts of yellow- guessing willow
and some orange-yellow- alder perhaps?
Just wanted to share this handy resource with my fellow Ohio beeks. Its a website put together by TOSU extension that calculates growing degree days for calculating bloom dates from some of our common plants that are important to us. Just plug in your zipcode to see how many growing degree days have accumulated for your area. I always pay particularly close attention this time of year to see where we are at relative to the needed 34 GDDs it takes for Silver Maple's first bloom. I'm in zipcode 45106 and so far compared to last year we are ahead of schedule. That coupled with several days coming up forecasted above 50 degrees means we're getting a good head start on an early maple bloom. http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/
My girls tore up the open pollen supplements yesterday. I took a short walk around and had a few dandelions here and there. I'm not sure if they were leftover from the ones I was seeing in late Nov. and early Dec. but they are there.
The red buds are full on the maples but not quite there yet. The ornamental willows have blooms but they are from Dec. and I think got frozen.
The only thing I saw going into the hives was pollen baskets loaded with pollen supplement.