Well, I have bad news to report. I went out to the hives in the gravel pit today. I had already looked at my own bees, which were buzzing happily in spite of 40 mile an hour winds. The temperature was near 60 degrees. As you all know, the hives in the gravel pit are sheltered from the wind, so they should have been buzzing nicely. As a approached all I noticed was dead silence. And I do mean dead. There was not one bee on any of the four hives. I couldn't believe it!