The warm days and cool nights of fall have been a welcome feel, compared to the very hot, dry temperatures we had this summer. The Bees seem to be enjoying the cool weather too. They are still busy foraging for whatever pollen and nectar they can find. There are a few fall flowers still blooming, but for the most part, the Goldenrod, Ragweed and Aster have run their annual course. In observing the hives on the morning of October 22nd, I did see a few bees returning with pollen bags full. There are still busy, packing away stores for a long winter.
In this photo, you can see one bee loaded with pollen.
Below is a close up of one of our Bees. She was just hanging out on the side of the hive today, soaking up the warm sun. She's healthy and shiny, just what you want to see.
All that is left to do this fall is put up a couple of sections of privacy fence on the prevailing upwind side of the hives. Providing a windbreak for the hives is one of the best things you can do to protect them from the bitter cold winds. It may not be necessary, but anything we can do to help our bees is important enough to us. I will have an update when we have the fence up, and have the girls all settled in for the cold winter ahead!