I wonder if the bees are sensitive to the benefits of the weather and the full moon. I know they are sensitive to barometric pressure.
We had snow yesterday morning, to the tune of 2 inches, it was gone by 11:00 A.M., the sun came out, the temperature rose and the bees were out having the time of their life. Bringing in lots of bright yellow pollen, I am sure gathered from a beautiful spring shrub, the Forsythia, beautiful, little flowers, everywhere around my community.
The moon was full last night, setting in the southwestern horizon, quite different from last month, where it set in the northwern horizon. I love the full moon. I have been watching the moon for decades and I know that when it is full moon time, about 95% of the time the skies are clear. The moon's visual presence is the most beautiful sight in my eyes. I know for surely that the days will be cloudless and rainless. I revel in the thought of the full mooon that I know comes every month.
My one hive that remains is strong and growing rapidly. I peeked in yesterday to give them a frame of honey, the inside of the hive is very warm, the terrarium heater worked to help this poor little colony come through the winter. If I had not heeded the advice of Finsky, this colony surely would have met death's door. In my quick inspection I saw about 5 frames of bees and only took a moment, but did see capped brood, they will not be chilled, this heater is doing its wonders.
My 4 nucs will be ready to pick up on May 5th. The weather will be very warm and they will be happy and do well. I am excited, this will be a year of success with health of my bees. I have gained wonderful knowledge through so much advice from forum members. I have compiled all the information in my mind and will draw on this knowledge all through the beekeeping seasons, into winter we will go, strong, healthy and will boxes full of bees. Have a beautiful and grand day. Cindi