Norm, Nice to see an almond orchard which isn't a desert as you see in the US. I assume your bees visit the flowers, although the US experience is the almond pollen is not that great when it is the only pollen available.
Yes I have seen my bees working the almond blossom, only for nectar, they didn't seem to want the pollen! I think I read soemwhere that almond pollen could be toxic if consumed in large amounts. Maybe they sense this and if there are other pollen sources available they ignore it.
The bird table is now relocated in a less vulnerable position in relation to the wind. If you look closely, I even nailed lead sheet to the legs to no avail.
John, I am protected on 3 sides by the hills around me but when the wind blows from the north, it can get quite strong at times. I have had hives blow over!
Mo, tried all sorts but not sandbags. It was meant as a decorative feature really and sandbags wouldn't really do it for me! It is now located in the lee of the gable end which is a pity as it is no longer visible from the front window. I used to have peach faced lovebirds visit it.