This is swarm season for honey bees. On our farm, we have four hives and I have been watching them and checking the hives for signs that they are in "swarm mode." Yesterday I returned home from working in the vineyard about 1:00 p.m. and noticed more bee activity then normal and started walking towards the bee yard.
There was a large swarm about two feet off the ground, just yards away from the hives.
I already had a box prepared for swarms, so all I had to do was cut the limb and shake the bees into the box. All went well. They were still there today, which means that the queen was captured, too.
The bees are extremely gently when swarming. Standing among 30,000 bees and being able to catch them to keep is a pretty awesome feeling. Now we have five hives on our farm.