Nov. 20th, 2014. Yesterday’s high was 45F with a low of 17F, while today’s high was warmer reaching into the upper 50s, although the wind made it feel much colder. Yet, tonight’s low will be in the 20s. We are running 15 degrees or so below the average, but averages are just that. So, this is really probably normal. But, the thing that we might think of as unusual is that bees were flying today and flowers were blooming, or at least a few.
Several colonies were active today and I wondered, why they were ‘wasting’ their energy? Well there were at least a few flowers still here and there that I supposed enticed them. Also, they will remain somewhat active while they can through winter to defecate outside the hive and defend their entrances from intruders. Many of the bees I saw active today didn’t stray far from the entrance, while others took off with great speed for what appeared to be some far off destination. Towards the evening as the temperature was dropping quickly, bees were clearly coming in from far distances. I didn’t see any pollen coming in, but didn’t observe that long. It could be the bees were mostly getting water to dilute stored honey.