An unshaped oak tree in the backyard

We have quite a few oak trees, mostly red oaks and a tall white oak in our lake home. They are quite tall and old, probably fifty to a hundred years old, around 50 feet tall or even taller.
There was an oak in the northern part of back yard which looked unshaped, with its top part not growing straight toward sky, but with its branches growing horizontally or even downward. It was about 30 feet tall, considerably shorter than adjacent oaks though its main trunk was as big as the others’. It nonetheless had rather healthy-looking green leaves.
There was some strange feature of this tree, which was constantly and slowly flowing dark or black liquid from upper parts of it, reaching its bottom, at times even soaking the ground around its basal part of the trunk, with a single line of the liquid flowing downward over its barks facing the lake years ago, but in recent years the flow changed its course to the opposite side. I noticed it for some time and was puzzled at this strange phenomenon, but it didn’t seem to harm the tree, so I decided to ignore it.
About 3 or 4 weeks ago there were some strong westerly winds blowing our trees hard in the backyard, breaking a fairly large branch from the upper part of this tree, which showed rather advanced decay at the the proximal part, and made me concerned about possible recurrent breaks of a few remaining branches by strong winds in the future. It could be dangerous to us or any visitors here. So we decided to have this tree cut with its stump grinding.
So I called a local tree surgeon, who started cutting the tree from the top part, and then found swarming of bees out of the insides of sectioned blocks. So the workers quickly retreated from there, calling me to witness the situation and advising to call a terminator. The next day a terminator came to see the bees, declared them to be honeybees, the endangered species protected by the Agriculture Department of New York State and then she called
the right person, a beekeeper by profession. He made several sections out of the long trunk part which was already cut, some of which contained hives of honeybees, and prepared to transport them to the bee farm after keeping each section inside a special large bag. He transported these sectioned hives several times from my yard to a local bee farm. He collected the natural honey from the hives and offered us to taste it, my wife didn’t want it, but I tasted the tiny amount of the natural honey, which had superb taste. I believe he collected good amount of natural honey.
So this dark or black liquid from the tree turned out to be the rare natural honey overflowing from the hives of honeybees over many years, and my little friends will move from this lake home to a bee farm where they will be looked after professionally by beekeepers. My wife and I are
just glad and happy that they are transferred to a much better place without getting harmed by something like toxic spray.
There is further question about what to do with remaining bees still flying around this area and in and out of some cavities inside the sectional blocks still remaining there. The bee specialist assured us to wait patiently for one or two weeks, during which time bees will gradually scatter away and finally disappear by moving with other bees living in their own hives, which makes a good sense.
I just wish the best of luck to you, my little friends named honeybees, and enjoy your new home.
Following are some images of sections and blocks of the tree

Oak tree before and after damage
Intact oak...Diseased oak

Sectional blocks of the trunk
Sectional blocks

Bees swarming... Long block

The broken stump and its enlarged view
Broken oak stump...Enlarged view>

The trunk top
Trunk top

Ho Chung - August 8, 2016
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