When I was out checking progress of my Apiaries, I found a nice/sad surprise. The nice thing was it was a swarm, the sad part is that it is very late in the year and they will need all the help they can get to build up for the winter.
When I was in Arlington today, I went to check on my two hives I have located there. One was a single box that I had started as a split early in the spring and it was in need of another box (very much in need). This hive was packed with bees and they needed more room which was my purpose for this visit.
As I walked to the hive, I have to pass my abandoned 4 foot top bar hive. This top bar hive got me started in beekeeping, but I soon found that I did not like working it much and found favor with the langstroth hive. Anyway, the hive was occupied by bees until last year. The hive had become a home for field mice and once that happened, the bees had moved out and never returned. Wax moths moved in and took care of the wax. The only occupants this year have been mice. Anyway, as I walked by I noticed several bees going in and out of the hive. As I added the boxes I had brought for use on the other hives (one new box each), I kept peeking at the old top bar hive entrance. It was active, and the bees appeared to be bringing in pollen. Well, it was clear that there was a small colony of honey bees that had taken up residence in the hive.
My friend gives me updates on the hive as to the activity he sees, but had not mentioned any from the top bar. The bees had just moved in.