But I noticed that the great majority of returning worker bees are favouring the top entrance over the bottom board entrance. And traffic jams were occurring during peak foraging hours. So I gave each top box an additional two entrances. Bee traffic is flowing much better now.
When I added a box to each hive, I used thawed frames of honey near the box sides and empty frames for new comb and brood in the center portion. Some of the honey was dripping a bit and the sweet scent lured a hummingbird. She spend a few minutes searching for the source, then gave up and returned to the flowers.
|My honey bees are making good use of the two additional entrances.|
|A hummingbird is drawn to the sweet scent of newly added honey frames.|
|Only days old, these Yellowthroat warbler babies are growing remarkably fast.|
|A tree swallow delivering food to his youngsters.|
|Feral Ginger Thomas is not chatting but licking his lips after a hearty meal.|