Today was warmer and dryer than yesterday and we even had a bit of sunshine. Our daytime temps are averaging around 10° C (50° F). I visited with the bees again this afternoon and found them fairly active. They’re busy cleaning house and scouting around the area for pollen, at least I assume that is what they are doing, I’m not the bee expert in the family, I just like to watch them. Peer told me that bees do not eliminate over the winter, in order to keep the hive clean, so when they have a chance to get out, one of the first things they need to do is go to the toilet, I would guess there was plenty of that going on today too.
As I watched, I noticed activity from 3 out of our 5 hives. It could mean that the other 2 are dead. 60% of all the activity was coming for just one hive, which is the one in the picture above. I didn’t see any activity from our Warre hive which is the one we started last summer, we had hoped this one would do well so we could slowly phase out our older German style hives. I really hope we won’t lose any hives, but it happens.