I suppose that might sound like the title of a children’s book, or perhaps a suggestive play or novel. But no, this is a G-rated blog, and it’s just an update on the wildlife here at HA.
I started off Sunday morning with a cup of coffee, and a stroll around the grounds. My eyes were barely open when I saw the Havahart trap was closed, which usually means it is occupied. What wildlife was it this time?
It appears to be an adult raccoon. The other two I caught recently were youngsters. This one was bigger and heavier. I took it off to the HA retirement village, far enough away it will need bus fare to get back here!
As I was snapping photos of Rocky (or perhaps Rockette), I looked over and saw Mama bluebird perched on top of the nest box. She’s sitting on five eggs, her second attempt after raccoons trashed the first nest. How appropriate she should be watching this latest Raccoon event. Or perhaps she was just looking for breakfast – hard to tell that early in the morning.
If all goes well the eggs should begin hatching about May 28th or thereabouts, just in time for Memorial Day.
As for the bees, they are doing well. When I examined the hive yesterday, the queen was out of her cage. The bees had built some burr comb between the middle two frames, where I had positioned the queen cage. That was to be expected, since bees like to fill up any space larger than 3/8″ by building comb. There were three pieces, which I gently removed. Note to self: next time don’t remove it while standing over the open hive! One of the pieces fell into the hive and landed on the bottom board. I left that one for the bees to deal with.
The bees were drawing out comb on the middle two frames. I did not see any eggs, or the queen, but I didn’t do a long search either so that’s not surprising. It was about 90F outside, and since I was suited up I was in a bit of a hurry. I didn’t take the camera for the same reason. I’ll check on them again today or tomorrow and go before it gets so hot.
On another bee note, a local freelance writer (The Raven Lunatic) is going to interview me this week for an article about getting into beekeeping. That should be fun. I assured her I was no expert, and she assured me that was ok. So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice (he said in his best Carl Spackler voice).
I hope everyone has a feel-great day!