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    Default purple martins

    What about purple martins i have aruond 200 martins in my yard. Do they pose a problem for bees ,dosen't seem to be a threat,but i read they eat bees.

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    Default I have Barnswallows;

    in general, I don't think they pose a much of a problem.

    I do worry about young queens on a mating flight though.

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    I read somewhere that they eat bees too. Might have been here? You might do a search on "purple martin" or "martin" to see what gets returned.
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    Last weekend while I was working my hives, an Eastern Kingbird would dart off the barbwire fence, nab a bee in flight, and set back on the fence and eat it's prey. It would repeat this process every couple of minutes landing on the fence just a few feet away from me. It made me wonder if the bees had a sweet flavor that made them more appealing to the bird.

    We had a discussion about it's eating habits ending with a plea to only eat the drones.
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