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I went out to the hive just to have a peek to see what I could see and low and behold I saw a bee with some pollen in her basket. What in the heck could be in bloom this time of the year in upstate NY?
 

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Hi....I'm only a few miles from you, remember?
Crocuses are blooming right now in our yard. They have bright orange-yellow pollen.

Actually, No1cowboy, that's a report for the new york city area, which is quite a bit warmer and often about 2 weeks ahead of where Dieseltrac and I live.
Here is a report for our area:
http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/weather/12037?type=Tree
HOWEVER, i can say that the maples and ashes here are definitely NOT blooming yet. I think stuff is going to start happening maybe this weekend though- we have several 50F sunny days going on right now.
But today?- the trees are totally bare and not even daffodils yet...so far all I see is crocus. Oh, I did see some pussy willow branches blooming- but they were cut branches, so maybe they were forced, not sure.
 

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I think it is pussy willow here on the NY/PA border. Very small amounts seen today for the first time. No crocus or planted flowers around here.
 

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The pollen that I've seen so far looks an off white color almost grayish. Any Idea what the source might be?
 

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Just across the border and we have colts foot blooming along with the maples. Getting a mix of colours coming in.
 

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I have a huge tree, which is not a maple (is it an ash ?) and it is blooming !Some of the flowers (?) are reddish color and some are regular greenish/yellowish (I'll have to look through my binoculars closer), and the bees are busy ! The willow will start blooming soon too.
 

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Karu, that sounds exactly like my silver maples. They bloom before anything else, at least in my climate. Some have red flowers (female flowers) and some are greenish/yellow - male flowers, those are the pollen producing anthers that make them yellow/fuzzy-ish.

Rick
 

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Rick, thanks for the tip, I am glad to have this tree !

Going off topic, I was puzzled in a late fall when I found some yellow flowers on the edge of the woods and bees were all over them. This is not a golden rod, the plant is shorter, but the flowers are also small and the cluster is round unlike golden rods which is elongated. Does anybody know what it is ? Too bad I did not take any pictures.
 

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So far here... nothing... The pussy willows are just coming out, as well as the other willows, Soft maple is budding but i have seen no bees in it.... I have seen one lone flower in the lawn. Its supposed to be sunny and in the 50's today so I am hoping that changes! :)
 

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Checked a hive yesterday and the bees were bringing in a lot of light yellow
pollen-better flow than periods last year. I think it must be maple.
 

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im in the elira ny area and they have been bringing in good amounts of pale yellow almost tannish white pollen for a few days now
 
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