Spring has Sprung

And the bees are going in and out with a bunch of pollen. They seem to be doing quite well, and even though the weather people promised snow today, there wasn't any, and the girls were happily working away.

There were a lot of orienting flights every single warm day after two or three cold ones, so they're really building up quickly.

I really need to go in sometime and look at the frames that are there and replace the really misformed ones with clean bases again. There were a few frames where they'd hung two sheets of wax, and I was advised that they'd eat all the honey out of them over the winter, so that I could clean them out in the spring. I'm tempted to do it soon so that they'll also have more space in the hive and feel like they have to stay and keep building instead of swarming.

It was pretty funny today, though, as I just sat outside the entrance watching them come in with their pollen pellets. I saw some black flies at the front entrance. They were just there, and the bees were ignoring them, and finally the flies annoyed me enough that I started swatting them. The bee-girls didn't seem to take any more notice of me swatting the flies right on the entrance board than they had been taking notice of me without the violence I was doing to the flies. It's nice to know that my girls are quite tame.
Are you sure they were flies and not mason bees. They could be coming out this time of year.
Re: flies
I'm pretty sure they're flies as they're all black, and have the two-wing structure of a fly, not the four-wing structure of a bee, and the whole head/eye setup indicates fly to me, not bee.

But yes! The mason bees are out, I think, too.