So it looks like I will be getting some more bees. Maybe.
Yes, I am certifiable.
"Whoa whoa whoa!" you say? "Back up!" you implore? "What bees are these?" you ask?
Well, this big branch came down in one of our recent windstorms. The bits that didn't contain bees were carved up and carted away, but the bee section was left semi-intact. I talked to the guy who lives there. He said a neighbor told him she wanted it, but she never came and got it. He's dealt with beekeepers before, as his tree swarms regularly.
So there are bees in there, but it's not clear if they're from the original bee cluster or robbers from nearby hives.
I'm bringing the log home tonight. I'm wondering if I can find someone to help. It looks heavy.
If there's a cluster in there, I will rehive them in the spring. If not, I have lots of good comb for swarm-bait.