Well, my bees must be doing pretty good. Today they swarmed. I'm guessing another queen was born and she took off to find new digs. My two hives still are active, so it must have been a good thing. Wow. It sure is a sound when the start to swarm. It was literally a roar. At first I thought they were going nuts, but then when they started flying in a tighter formation I figured things out. It didn't take long and they conglomerated on an oak branch. It was a sight to see. Funny thing is once they got in a group it was quiet. If it hadn't been for the earlier activity you wouldn't have known they were there. I got two photos before my batteries died.
Then as fast as it happened, they were gone. Vanished. I'm sure they found a hollow tree to nest in. There are plenty about. Kelly and I heard on the radio once that while they are in the stage above searcher bees go out looking for potential homes. Then they come back to the swarm and try to politic the rest into how great their find is. Somebody must have been persuasive. I'm sure going to keep my eye open for a hive in the trees now. I am happy to think my little troop has expanded.