It takes a certain type of lunatic person to be a beekeeper. That type of person is prepared to turn up and talk bees, drink tea and eat cake in all weathers, and that includes snow!
A great selection of hats going on there.
A small amount of beekeeping was also done. This consisted of hefting hives, checking fondant levels were still ok, and looking at a woodpecker hole that had appeared in the bottom of John’s hive. Worrying, as once a woodpecker has learned the habit of drilling into beehives they are likely to try it again. To a hungry woodpecker, our apiary must be like a piñata waiting to happen. John covered over the hole with parcel tape.
Are these the claw prints of the culprit? Or perhaps they belong to a seagull or wood pigeon?
And could these smaller paw prints be those of a squirrel?
Naturalist David Craven posted a great idea on his ‘Why watch wildlife‘ blog – taking photos of the prints we find in the snow, and then tweeting them with the #snowtracks hash tag. It’s not often we get to see what creatures have been visiting! Have you come across any snow tracks for David to identify?
— David Craven (@davidjcraven) January 19, 2013
We peeked inside our hive and the bees were still busy eating through their fondant. Emma took a close-up photo of them – you can see the result on her latest blog post, ‘Snowmageddon‘.
What’s the weather like in your area, are your bees under snow or enjoying sunshine?