Today was a beautiful sunny 60F day, and it’s the first day I am seeing the bees bringing in a substantial amount of tannish-yellow pollen. They definitely know where ‘something’ is blooming out there! It was VERY windy today and I was surprised they were braving the winds and flying out as much as they were. Looks like all 5 of my bee colonies have survived the winter- even the two little 5 frame nucs that I bundled together in one box. I feel pretty lucky about that. Now that pollen is available out there, I am pretty sure I won’t suffer any late winter losses due to starvation. They made it! No Spring feeding or coddling for my girls… they can darn well go rustle up their own food! Next week i plan to remove the tarpaper winter hive wraps and go into the hives to arrange them with the brood area down below. In other words, if the bottom deep boxes are empty, I will reverse them to the top so the queens will have plenty of comb to expand up into to lay brood. I may put some supers on at that point if they seem ready. I also will transfer the 5-frame nucs each into their own new roomy 10 frame deep hive and let them grow.