Got back from an eight day choir tour of Cuba and went out to check on the bees. I peeked through the window and was thrilled to see lots of bees in Lone Star! I think they may make it through the winter! Raven, as expected, had lots of bees.
There was moisture on the glass in both hives, and I'm not sure if I need to do something about that or not.
Lone Star had eaten all the sugar syrup I had left them, so I made another quart for them (3 cups sugar/1.5 cups water). When I took it out there, they weren't happy being bothered, so I put it in quickly. The one bee who was asking me to move on about my business was packing two enormous bright yellow pollen pillows under her wings, which made me immensely happy!
Raven still had syrup, so I let them be.
A good, albeit short, time in the bee yard!