.... there is but a small amount of capped brood left. There is a lot of pollen stored in the upper box;
I guess they'll have to move it or work around it when they start putting honey there.
.. upside-down quart jar ... in an effort to get them taking syrup faster. The population seemed to have dwindled significantly. But that's normal for now, I suppose.
So you have beeded half. You must give 40 lbs sugar to 2 box hive.
So it goes. Bees do not move pollen. They put syrup on it and cap the sugar. They start to fill cels there where they have brood to warm.
If you have a lot pollen, colony raises upp at spring very well.