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Time and Tide waits for no one

posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:41 PM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 4:47 PM ]
We are very relieved at this week's weather forecast for milder weather.  The river Moy, behind these colonies, has burst its banks in many places and I had to take a much longer route to get to these colonies.  The weather made for arduous trekking across muddy fields, and this is a new site for us, so evidently, it takes a full 12 months to really assess the quality of a site.

Colonies, despite the recent cold and wet weather, are in good shape.  Brown cappings and pollen on inspection trays indicate the rearing of brood, which puts pressure on the old winter bees.  A final quarter pack of fondant was given if needed, but this was rare. Roll on the week ahead, as buds are bursting to open and temperatures will be up above 12 C, if not more.  Enjoy seeing new bees fly for the first time.  They will be fluffy looking, and will have to take initial orientation flights in order to find their bearings. Don't forget, there are still a few weeks to go before we can say for definite that all colonies have made it through the winter. Be ware of isolation starvation.