Swarm #17, Collected a Swarm of around 4 frames of bees in Watsonville at Kearney and Walker St. The swarm was not easy to get to being about 15 feet up in a redwood tree. Put the bees in hive location LR3.
Swarm #16, Collected a nice swarm of about 7 frames of bees from the pear orchard of High Ground Organics Harkins Slough Farm. Put hive in location LR11
Nice swarm of about six frames of bees has moved into a five frame bait hive in Pleasant Hill. I expanded the hive to an eight frame hive and left it there for now. I plan to move it on 5/27/14.
Yard log note: I turned off the pollen traps at home and LR since I will be gone for the next week.
Swarm #14, Very Large swarm if 8 frames plus of bees was hived at High Ground Organics Harkins Slough Farm. The swarm probably originated from a commercial hive South of the lakeside organics farm. I had intended to place the hive in the Harkins Slough apiary but since I directly hived the swarm into a hive and left it there for three hours the field bees were already oriented to that location so I had to move it to the Lewis Road Apiary and placed it at LR14.
Swarm #13 moved into bait hive at HS20. It has about 5 frames of bees.
Swarm #12 in Harkins Slough bait hive. The hive was moved to LR6. It’s strength is 4 frames of bees with a laying queen.
Swarm #11, Small swarm of two frames of bees I combined it with the queen-less hive contain the combined swarms of #10 and #3.
Update: Hive went queen-less and was combined with W5 home raised queen hive and moved to HS2.
Swarm #10, a very small swarm of 1 1/2 medium frames of bees from Salinas. I killed the virgin queen and added the bees to the small nuc at H9 established from swarm #3.
Swarm #9, a very nice swarm in the Aromas bait hive with 7 frames of bees and a laying queen. The hive was moved to LR 9 and placed four new bait hives near the same location.