Here’s a follow-up on my bees’ progress one week after their perilous journey.
I go down the slope to check on my bees at least twice a day – usually combined with a trip to feed the fish. Yesterday there were three hummingbirds bathing in the solar fountain at the same time. One thing I have noticed is that ever since the bees moved in, all the other wildlife in the area have upped their game. The birds and the lizards have noticed that there is something new going on here.
Aside from watching their comings and goings – which is mesmerizing – I’ve left them alone except to swap out their sugar syrup. However, after reading Sambees post, I realized that I might not be feeding them enough. So early this morning when I went down to feed them, I was alarmed when there were no bees in sight. My mind switched to the worst-case scenario.
However, when I opened the hive they were asleep in a mound on top of the frames. I could see that they had been building comb and the queen just happened to walk by. So everything looked good. I had all my gear on, but it was so easy!
Later around noon I went down again and they were flying all around and zooming in and out like they did the day before.
This is a small hive and has some catching up to do. But everything looks good so far. I really love them more than I expected!