I followed them down to the creek and to an old tree, but
they went around the tree, over the creek and into the woods.
I walked back and noticed that the tracks were all around the hive and then they meandered around and finally up to the driveway.
The tracks belonged to an opossum. They are North American's only marsupial and can bare up to 14 babies with 9 only usually surviving. The babies stay in the pouch for about 10 weeks then climb to the mother's back. Opossums have a prehensile tail and play dead when they feel threatened. I wonder if he'll be back for another winter snack next time the bees clean house.