At last: some Spring-like weather! Lots of swarms around so I had planned my day to visit the Thermosolar bees remarkably well. They were looking bonny – here’s a slo-mo:
I didn’t do a particularly invasive check as there were people on site and the bees aren’t the friendliest colony, so I checked the board and under the lid. They haven’t started building in the super I put on last time so no need to panic that they’ll run out of room.
There are a few mites but I’ll check next time I’m there – the bees are busy and bringing in lots of pollen so I’ve no concerns regarding the general health of the colony.
The other hive is ready to receive bees once I get a swarm:
I checked the bait hive but there was no activity, so I went for a wander around the site. The flowers are incredibly late but there is lots of hawthorn still around, and the ox-eye daisies are about to burst forth.