Saturday began as normal until I went to make some coffee. I thought the landscapers were already at work since several days of rain kept them from their usual schedule. I didn't see them but it sounded like their equipment was right outside the kitchen window. Scanning the area there was no sign of them. The droning noise of a mower, blower or weed whacker was close, however, its source remained unseen.
The honey bees were everywhere once I took a look into the tree. I had only seen a hive like this on TV before and it was fascinating to watch them work. Then the mind wandered and I thought are these Africanized bees nesting in our yard? The nest was the right size, their activity extreme and its location in the open is their calling card. A quick call to an HOA Board Member got the ball rolling.
In less than an hour a beekeeper was there and verified they were honey bees to my relief. Amazingly the whole nest's shape was derived from bees and when he removed them with a quick shake they tumbled into their new hive virtually without a fight. Sure they weren't happy but no one was stung and within about 4 or 5 hours they were settled down and spent the night in their new digs.
In a few weeks we're expecting some Natural Raw Mango honey from our rescued friends. Orange Blossom honey is what we're famous for although I was just ecstatic to see a thriving hive survive and a quick response team that seemed to thrive on getting these little guys back to doing what they do best.
The unique BUZZ I heard won't Bee forgotten!