A few days ago I was just getting out of bed to go eat breakfast when I looked out my window; to my surprise A cute little face was looking at me! I told the rest of the family to look out the window, unfortunately before I could get a picture Sam barked and they ran off. Later I was finishing up my breakfast and looked out the window; they were back! This time I got some pictures. Now for the pictures.
A picture of the fawn from downstairs.
The doe really enjoyed the lilac leaves, even when we tapped on the window it was hard to get her to get her head out of them!
A few days ago we were taking down the electric fence around our garden. We had thrown out a few rotten watermelons previously and I noticed honey bees on them. After helping take down the fence I got the camera and took some pictures. Here they are.
One of the watermelons.
A few of the honeybees.
Bees drinking up the juice.
A couple more bees.
A chunk of watermelon with the bees on it.
And... This is as close as I got to this watermelon with the wasps around.
When you read the title "Bees on corn" I don't mean a few bees. I mean hundreds and hundred of bees on the tassels of the corn, they're mainly on one row of the corn and hundreds of them! They have quite a bit of pollen on them. Every tassel has the average of two to three bees on it! I thought it was pretty neat but I didn't get any pictures.
We inspected my bees awhile ago, we are quite sure the two hives have a queen, the third hive I had a little "Oops" on. When I put the swarm into their hive I only had five frames so I figured I would have the feeder on the far side of the hive with the frames around it, figuring that they'd draw it out near the feeder first, well it was quite the opposite...
As you can probably tell this is the "Oops." It is kind of neat looking at natural comb. We cut the large section out and put it in a frame.
Inspecting a frame.
As you can see in this action picture, Sam is ready to take on the world!
We've been haying quite a bit lately and earlier today I was raking hay. I haven't inspected my hives yet because I'm giving them time to get a new queen mated. I'll inspect them soon though. Our garden is doing wonderful. I think every pea seed we planted came up! And we planted four big rows of peas, we didn't know they would come up this good! Our Raspberries are also doing very well.
I haven't posted much for quite a while. My hives swarmed and then I found that they had ran out of room, next year I won't make that mistake. I added another hive body to both of them and then in another week checked again, there were around seven swarm cells in one hive and nine in the other, both hives were thriving even though they swarmed. When the queens hatch the queen that survives the fight will take the place of the queen that swarmed. My beekeeping friend that is kind of my mentor told me to leave them alone for a week or two. It'll be hard to stay out of them that long but I'll manage hopefully.
Yesterday we inspected my hives. They were doing quite well. One hive is quite a bit more aggressive than the other but they're both very fun to look at. Here's the pictures. The reason there are no pictures of the second hive is because it chased the cameraman all over the backyard last time we inspected.
Opening up the hive
A frame of foundation that the bees are drawing out.
Me holding up a frame of freshly drawn foundation.