The hive on the left didn't make it through the winter. Same thing last year. The bees on the right are on a sugar supplemented diet now (late winter) so that the colony is buzzed and ready to go when the big maple bloom occurs.
The three big nectar flows of the year for honey bees (non-native) in WEsTern Washington are maple, then blackberry (non-native) then knotweed (non-native).
the new dog, the old dog. Lucy, our new addition is a mouse chomping and swallowing feign. Interesting to hear the bones crunch. Australian shephard.
Our new hangout.
New sighting on the farm: twice we saw this flock of 10 evening grosbeaks drinking from the pond and socializing. No feeding observed.