You know that California Dreaming song? This winter day, we’ve been enjoying such gorgeously warm weather – it’s so warm the doors and windows are thrown open (sure feels good to air out the house after all the gray days and heavy rain), heavy socks cast off and bare feet are back in vogue.
Sure doesn’t feel like January! We are wondering if all signs point to an early spring?
On this weekends goat walk in the Lower Arroyo Seco we stopped by to check out the bee traps.
The big ol bee colony that was living in the hollows of a three trunk sycamore had sadly disappeared/died. Sure did leave us stumped since these were wild bees with no human handling and they were just gone. Comb and honey still left in the tree but eerily quiet. Wonder where had all be bees gone?
Seems this winter was a harsh one for local bee colonies. We’ve been hearing reports that there’s been a rash of LA beekeepers have been losing hives. What has been the cause of death? Some are easily explained (“vampire” varroa) and are not — CCD or something else?
Check out this chart about the Disappearing Bees – pretty scary stuff!
Unfortunately no bees caught in the trap; however one box looked as if a huge rat or ground squirrel of some sort had a field day – chewing at the box and comb. Jordanne could tell by the droppings it wasn’t a rat or mouse. Perhaps a ground squirrel?