we've had 2 possibly 3 swarms this week. one took up in a hollow tree by my house. the other was a huge swarm that went right over my head while I was in my sisters yard (she lives next door). it was huge, probably 2 basketballs size when it settled in a tree in her yard. called my dad and he brought over supers or hives or whatever and knocked them out of the tree onto a piece of plywood and they all marched right in ! the problem is the one at my house. like I said some took up in a hollow tree. then a couple of days later it looked like they had dissapeared, no activity at all or any appearance of them still around. then today I go outside and find a swarm attached to my deck! dad thought it might be the same swarm as in the tree and they didn't like it. he brought over what hives he had (he used to keep bees) but these couldn't be knocked down since they were right on my deck. it was really cold today, only 50 or so for a high and 40 tonight. he tried a broom and sweeping them into the hive and put a jar of sugar water in it but they just rehuddled back up on the deck (while it was still relatively warm some did fly in and out to get to the water I assume). anything else we can do to get them to move into the hive? that first swarm moved in just like they knew exactly what we wanted! I'm afraid they won't even make it in this cold, lots of them were laying around loose in the grass and just crawling. I'm not thrilled to have them attached to my deck! I have a couple of yorkies who are missing their outings in the back yard but dad didn't want me to hose them with water to get them to move on. he figured since he had already been dragged back into beekeeping when I called him in a panic with the other swarm, he might as well keep this one too my sister's husband was going to kill them as he was NOT thrilled to have them in the yard. dad was able to move the hive back to the back of the farm by the barn. somebody has lost a lot of bees the last few days! though I guess they could be wild. is this just a wierd year or just coincidence that I saw them? I have lived here four years and never seen a swarm, my sister has lived on the farm for almost 15 and never seen a swarm (course she didn't see these until I ran and told her!). I didn't even notice the swarm on my deck until my dogs saw them! my cat almost stepped on the swarm because she didn't see them. just seems wierd that I've never seen a swarm in my life and have seen 2 or maybe even 3 in the last few days! Thanks as always.