What a difference a week makes, spring is here and pollen is pouring in the hives. A sure sign that there is a laying queen in the hive.
The mouse guards were removed along with a quick check inside the hives to evaluate the stores situation. We will wait a while before doing a full spring check on the colony.
The weather has been warm all week and today was particularly nice, so it was decided to give Hive 7 new woodwork to replace the woodpecker (picus viridis) damage from earlier in the year. The photo shows the bees getting used to their new entrance, note all the pollen in the bees pollen baskets.