Late Fall Anomoly?

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.

Here is a rare daisy popping up through the pasture today.
Here is a rare daisy popping up through the pasture today.

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.

Here a bee arrives from what seems like some distance away. Maybe it was just getting some water to dilute honey for the colony to consume.
Here a bee arrives from what seems like some distance away. Maybe it was just getting some water to dilute honey for the colony to consume.
Here is today's changes in weight and outside temperature. While the temperature increased today after several days of below average cold, the weight of the colon took a dramatic decrease relative to the last few days. The weight change is very small, but still noticably linked to the increase in outside temperature. I suspect the colony was taking the warm opportunity to eat in preparation for the next dip in temps.
Here is today’s changes in weight and outside temperature. While the temperature increased today after several days of below average cold, the weight of the colon took a dramatic decrease relative to the last few days. The weight change is very small, but still noticably linked to the increase in outside temperature. I suspect the colony was taking the warm opportunity to eat in preparation for the next dip in temps.