By the way, I think the reason they pretty much have ignored the stones is that the stones are smoother, and so more slippery, but even more important, for a pile of stones to work, the upper ones are mostly out of the water, and they get pretty hot. The brick is sitting mostly in the water, with just it's upper part out, so comparatively speaking, has much more of it's mass submerged, and therefore stays cooler. I guess bees don't like burned tootsies either! The first and only bee I've seen on the stones was today, now the shade cloth is in place.
This trough has only been set up this way for the last couple of days. The numbers of bees there has increased steadily over the last couple of days - will be interesting to see how much traffic it is getting in another week or so!