After a week of gale winds and sideways rain, this morning was still, 50 F, and sunny. So the bees came out. I was anxious for the weather to calm down because the witch hazel has entered its first bloom since we got the bees (April 2013).
The witch hazel tree, technically a shrub, rises 15 feet directly behind and above the hives. Its brilliant yellow blossoms are incredibly fragrant, but I see only anecdotal evidence on the interwebs describing honeybees as a pollinator. If our honeybees like the witch hazel, it will make an awesome source of food and pollen in this season relatively barren of bee food.
What are your winter bees eating?