Well Iddee you were spot on.
We took a family ramble through the woods looking and knocking on neighbors doors. Gave it up to lost came home and wife Sarah says, "I guess that could be them up there" she was joking but the minuet I looked where she was pointing I knew she was right. 60 feet up in an ash tree on the end of the limb right at the edge of the woods in a straight line from the hive she saw them take...maybe 150' from the hive itself. I know I scanned that area several times but missed them when I first got home at noon.
Well, I am a serious tree climber, but there was no way this was going to happen. I might get within 15' on an adjacent maple, but I would need both hands to get there and stay there.
We called another keeper in town hoping to bum some old comb or scent...and got another number passed to us for a guy not 4 miles away (as the crow flies) and he ran right over (in the rain) and lent us a pheromone trap.
So we will see what happens, more rain is called for tonight and temps in the low 50's, not great for them as I understand.
I have to say this whole adventure has been great if for no other reason than meeting a whole slew of friendly new people in my little town.