Last two days in michigan were also great Michael. Tens of thousands of yellow stains around the yard. I was really getting worried about 2 of my colonies. They have been really to active for my liking but since the cleansing flights they have completely quieted down.
It does the spirit good to see them alive. I was getting optimistic yesterday when mine were flying. I feel less cheerful now after plowing the driveway twice for 8 inches of snow total, and I'll need to do it again tomorrow. The arctic chill is coming back, old man winter is a curmudgeon this year.
Due to moving in the next few months I had to bring a hive home. I temporarily put it in front of my house until I could get it through all of the snow to the rest of my bees. Unfortunately we had that same great weather and they relieved themselves all over my garage door and house.....arg. Good to see but should have known better.
Had the first cleansing flight here in Syracuse yesterday also - morning sun until around 12PM, but the girls were flying heavy by 10:30AM due to the black roofing paper wraps on them. Lifted me up as much as the bees just to see it. I don't know why it does so much for my morale this time of year... I was getting quite antsy and irritable about this prolonged cold snap... thanks for posting these videos Mike!
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