The swarm calls were coming in fast and furious to Ontario beekeepers this last week. When we got a couple days of nice warm weather it was like the starting gun at a race. And the bees were off...
But my bees! They were leaving.
Of course they settled 20' high up in the apple tree. A couple quick phone calls later I had an extension ladder being delivered.
[Photo - Beek Team Canada approaches swarms much like hockey]
New beekeeper Dan went up the ladder first and then me. Huge clumps of bees fell to the blanket. Our mistake was not then immediately tipping them into a hive. By the time I got down the ladder most had flown back up the tree again.