The bees were busy buzzing about today...
I still have a (Mexican) code in my node. Actually, it seems to have moved into my ears, but at least I felt well enough to go outside to videotape bees and photograph ducks!
Today set some temperature record. I think it finally made it to 14C. Given that it was something like -17C yesterday morning, it has warmed up a lot. The honeybees were all in a frenzy!
Honeybees will not defecate in the hive. During the winter, they will make short "cleansing flights" on days when it's warm enough (usually above the freezing mark.) Today there was an abundance of cleansing flights, and an abundance of bee poop...
The snow in front of the hives is dotted with yellow bee droppings!
Meanwhile, down in the barn, the ducks have been pairing off and making whoopee. Warren and Squishy seemed to have formed a gay liaison, but that is JUST FINE! Unlike the Toronto Zoo, we are accepting of everybody on this farm, and will not be separating them à la Buddy and Pedro the penguins. Besides, with 17 Muscovy ducks who are essentially pets, never to be served à l'orange, we do not need a breeding programme!!!
Ronna-duck and her ... niece? ... enjoy the spring sunshine by the barn door.
Amy Winehouse, who is most definitely male (but in love with Warren), really does need a new name.
Moishe has lost the "yarmulke" marking that inspired his name. His head is pure white now and he's looking all grown-up! What a sexy caruncle! (Manly red doodah around beak and eyes)
Everybody is ready for spring!
Except me. I need to get some seed flats and soil mix and hook up the grow lights in the garage (for starting vegetables, not illegal substances!)
And I am definitely NOT ready for the time change this weekend. What an exercise in stupidity that is, putting the clock ahead an hour. Augh!