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Old 02-11-2019, 07:14 PM
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Apparently when you feed birds, you also feed bees. But that's OK because I'm hip to the whole Bee Population decline due to a myriad of reasons and if I can feed a few with my home-brewed nectar and leave some water out for them, that's all right by me. The last week we've seen an increase in bees in the yard. So much so that I had to install a little corner of their own so they didn't force out the hummingbirds, my original diners. I set up their water station with rocks so they wouldn't fall in and drown, as per the Bee Conservatory's "How to save the bees- 10 things you can do".

I'm starting to think bees are in decline, in part, to stupidity. I don't really mean that, but I set up the rocks just as described and the bees in my yard are still falling in. Today I went out to check on the nectar feeder and I found two floating the bath. I was beginning to feel defeated. But then I saw one wiggle its leg.

If it's wiggling its leg, it's still alive.

I gingerly grabbed its wing and lifted back onto the rocks. It's breathing.

I scoop the other, not wiggling one, up and lay it on the rocks, too. Why not?
The first bee begins to breathe harder.

Not drowned, hypothermic!

I unsophisticatedly assume that as humans use the body heat of another human to stave off hypothermia, perhaps these guys can, too.

Grabbed a plastic container, more rocks and laid them together in the sun.

They wiggled more. A few mins later starting to move around. My excitement is growing. A few mins later they separate. Then they turn toward each oth-- oh, crap! They're fighting. They ball up and are trying to bite each other. I pull them apart, wondering how wise it was to get in between two angry bees, and set one back in the box and the other on the edge of the concrete. They calmed down and started preening and rubbing their legs together in what I assume was an effort to warm and dry off. They've since flown off and I am pleased as punch to know that I can add Bee Reviver to my list of weird talents.

Did I mention I'm allergic to bee stings?
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Bird feeders can also be meta-bird feeders. My MIL feeds the tweety birds year round in various feeders and suet holders. In turn, the hawks and owls and other bird-eating birds eat the birds at the feeders!

Good on ya for rescuing the bees and keeping them from killing each other! May they go on to pollinate many more flora before their lifespans are up.
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When you hang bird feeders, you have the best luck if they're hung under a tree. That limits the hawks' and falcons' ability to sit there and hover and wait for a target.
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When you hang bird feeders, you have the best luck if they're hung under a tree. That limits the hawks' and falcons' ability to sit there and hover and wait for a target.
The other day a hawk snatched a dove mid-air directly over my head. It was the most awesome and terrifying thing I've seen in a while! They are definitely an issue out here but a lack of foliage is, as well. I've put the feeders close to a 13' wall so a swoop-and-scoop is more challenging. But a lot of them seem to be ground feeders. The woodpeckers will pick at the seed and suet feeders and what falls on the ground, the doves and other little minis clean up.
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very cool!!
Reminds me, I need to clean and refill my hum feeders.
I dont have bee problems, but ant problems. Jerks.


I remember one time watching the hummers in my sprinkler. I'd been watering a bad spot in the lawn that seems to get missed when I run a sprinkler.
I had it on really low and would move it just a bit. I started noticing the hummers drinking out of it. Then go to the wet grass I'd just moved the sprinkler away from and they would roll in the leaves.
Bath time!


Also cant wait for more spring weather. Going to replant a new Buddleia to attrach butterflys and hums too. My old volunteer is trying to die. Has been for years.
Wish it would put both of us out of its misery.
Def want to plant more things to attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
(note to self, ask hubby to buy me a fushia for valentines day. Not cut flowers. (he just asked me about that)
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So today I tell this story to my Spanish class. They all look at me in horror-- "You picked them up by hand?!" They're convinced all bees here are Africanized. And to be fair, we do have them and they are a problem. But what can you do? Put up a sign? European Honeybees welcome, Africanized stay out. Too political. They're bees. They pollinate and we need them, Africanized or not. I will pull down all the feeders if it becomes too swarmy and dangerous but until then, I'll maintain what I have.
Had a steady stream of ants on the hummingbird feeder until I hooked up one of these bad boys. Been out all year, still working.
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darn mia, link not working



One of the hum feeders I have is supposed to have a well in it to keep ants out.
It does not work. (even if I keep it filled with water. The *well* is on the top of the feeder)
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Also would the theme song for the show be

Flight of the bumblebee????


(stay tuned for the next episode of the the MiaBee MD show).......
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darn mia, link not working

One of the hum feeders I have is supposed to have a well in it to keep ants out.
It does not work. (even if I keep it filled with water. The *well* is on the top of the feeder)
I started with one of the water moats, but in the summer here the water evaporates so fast I'd have to check it twice a day.

Try this:
No Ants No Ants No Ants
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Yeah, same issue here as well.
I'll have to look into those. It could work.
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