Despite it being nearly November and despite near gale-force winds the bees were very active this morning, taking advantage of temperatures in the high teens. Their accuracy in landing in blustery conditions was very impressive. Many were carrying large loads in their pollen baskets. Those with chrome yellow pollen were carrying the most.
Although the pollen looks as though it might interfere with walking or flying, even a large load is around 5mg, easily manageable when a bee weighs 90mg. Others were collecting orange or grey pollen.
This one on the left below, just disappearing through the entrance, is carrying propolis (plant resin) which the bees use for sealing gaps in the hive.