This morning I did a little experiment in the Backyard Farm with “bee lining”. This is an old time method for finding a hive, hopefully a wild one, and not one of your neighbor’s hives.
I have been doing some open feeding in the backyard as an act of kindness for the early spring foragers. The bees have been mobbing the feeder. This indicates a whole lot of bees nearby!
I went out with a fresh bottle of sugar water early this morning, before the bees were up and out foraging. Then I waited. Once a few visitors showed up I marked one with a dot of orange paint.
Using a stop watch timing the round trips, it appears that there is a colony/hive less than 200 yards from my yard. In less than 10 minutes the feeder was overwhelmed and it is impossible to time the round trips now!!!!