Adam was over a couple of days ago and we were out at one of my yards when he noticed a small swarm about 10 feet from one of my hives. He went over to investigate, we were thinking it must have been from one of my hives. I kept on going through the hive I was in when I heard Adam yell "They're coming in"! I stopped what I was doing, and sure enough, a huge swarm came from across the road and landed about 10 feet away. Adam had his camera out and got the most fantastic video of the swarm, the air was full. It was amazing! Sure enough, I didn't have enough gear with me but we improvised, using a deep box and 2 bee escapes, one for the top and one for the bottom. They barely fit in, it was that crowded. As we prepared to leave, Adam kept saying "I still hear bees". We wandered around in the bush that surrounds my yard, but no luck. As we were getting in the truck I looked up and sure enough, about 50 feet up there they were, another swarm. Too high to do much about it, but we did put out 5 swarm traps in the area hoping to catch them. We packed up the swarm we caught and left, with Adam taking it with him to the city. The next 2 days it absolutely poured rain, thunder stormed, etc. but the swarm in the tree hung tough. Yesterday I couldn't take it any longer and gave it a go. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but as you all know, I'm a softie. A huge ladder, and me standing on the second last rung, but I got it. It took me 3 trips up the ladder cutting and carrying branches down but I figure I got 95% of the bees. I hived them at the base of the tree and left. I got a call when I got home from the land owner telling me there was tremendous activity around one of the swarm traps Adam and I set out as well. I know I have 2 large commercial yards less than a mile from this yard, and I have learned they have been barrel feeding for the last month. I am guessing that these hives (all palatalized doubles) have become bound, and are likely throwing swarms like crazy. I went through my hives and can only see one at the most that may have cast a swarm, but I doubt it. 3 queen cells, 1 hatched, and 2 still capped, with the virgin running around. This double has an empty deep on top, plenty of room, and the cells lead me to believe it is a supercedure situation, not a swarm. These swarms are big, it would have emptied this hive. I have some pictures that a friend took and he emailed them to me but I am having trouble posting them. I will see if I can download them directly onto my computer.