It's been very strange weather here in Tidewater, VA. My bees have packed 7 topbars full of honey, which I am assuming to be this maple nectar since the hollies, autumn olives, and redbuds have just started blooming this past week.Maple is excelent pollen as well as nectar. In some areas of the north people have been known to fill honey supers with just maple flow.
Hi Ramona! Good to hear from you and that your bees are doing well..... Am working today so will unfortunately will miss you but I have to say the mutts are doing great.... I overwintered them in a split (Michael Palmer style) nuc alongside a carni colony.... Carnis starved out (my fault - Fed them a sugar brick in late feb just in case but they blew through that and starved out by mid March).... Difference in the overwinter colony size was pretty dramatic.... Should have taken a picture.... Carni colony was soccer ball sized while the locals were softball sized.... Guess I underestimated what it takes to keep that many bees going through this endless (it seems anyway) winter.....:-(Hi Bob, Are you home? We're on our way to Cohasset to move bees to the island in Quincy. Our red maple bloomed last week and Dean was able to get some great photos. Our bees in central Mass. have been bringing in pollen for a couple of weeks...off white, pale yellow and bright yellow.
One photo Dean got was of a bee with huge loads of pollen, sticking her tongue into the maple for some néctar. I thought that bees focussed either on pollen or néctar and if they went for both, the mixed loads would be lighter for each. Maybe the bee wih the huge baskets was just thirsty? Or really strong?