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A bunch of our bees decided to fly the coop (or more correctly, the hive) in search of greener pastures. They opted temporarily for a branch on a very nearby apply tree.
They started this morning, beginning to make the characteristic swarm of bees indicating that they had run out of room, created a new queen and were prepared (at least in part) to move on. They create a cloud of bees which had appeared to take up residence in a cherry tree located in by the goats. Do I have to tell you that the goats were NOT happy with a humongous cloud of bees swarming all around them. We went in to work and figured that lunch time would be the time to move the swarm back into a new hive.
Lo and behold when Tom went outside, there were no bees in the tree and as we walked the yard, no bees had swarmed in any one of the trees. Since he had put additional supers on the hive, the theory was that perhaps they changed their mind and returned to the hive.
This afternoon, just a little while ago, I was outside and there was the cloud of bees again. Upon closer inspection, they had taken up temporary shelter in an apple tree.
Tom suited up and headed out to climb into the tree and cut off the branch in an effort to re-capture the newly formed hive.
Sometimes, taking your time and really paying attention pays off. You see things that you would normally breeze right over if you were operating at your normal speed. The other day, we were straightening things up on the patio for a party we were having and we went to move my pot of lettuce seedlings. Lo and behold, nestled in between the teeny tiny seedlings was a tiny toad. Seriously while he may look gigantic in this picture the little guy is only about an inch big. He was in the lettuce bed yesterday day and on the patio steps today. While I was watering he was jumping along next to me. I think that I might have made a friend.
Another little treasure I found while I was weeding and watering was a partial light blue robin’s egg. The occupant of this particular egg evidently has literally flown the coup, or at least I hope since the shell was on the ground.