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  1. #1
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    Default Bird eating my bees

    Noticed a mess on a bench near the entrance to the hive and another one under a branch of a tree about 2 feet away. At first I just thought some birds had taken shelter from the rain.. But then I noticed the bird mess was littered with bee bodies Generally just the back 1/2.. Stingers still in them.
    Then I saw a small yellow bird swooping in and catching bees in the air and then sitting on a branch and eating them.
    Never noticed this type of bird before, but it is really eating well.
    Piles of bee remains in a couple of places. Quite a few actually...

    Anyone else having this problem ??
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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    I have had two blue jays working my at home hives all summer.

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    That is very dangerous to you bees and your business. Bee-eaters always prefer to eat honeybees since the latter have better taste than the other bees.What is more scary is that if the breed of the bee-eater in the one that can eat 250 bees in one day. Don't let those birds settle at your backyard where your bees are near.

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    Quote Originally Posted by virgiea68 View Post
    That is very dangerous to you bees and your business. Bee-eaters always prefer to eat honeybees since the latter have better taste than the other bees.What is more scary is that if the breed of the bee-eater in the one that can eat 250 bees in one day. Don't let those birds settle at your backyard where your bees are near.
    Say, What?

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    Quote Originally Posted by virgiea68 View Post
    Bee-eaters always prefer to eat honeybees since the latter have better taste than the other bees.
    Hmm, I wonder if that was blind taste test?

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    http://www.weeksbay.org/photo_galler...2--11-x-14.jpg

    did it look like this little guy (girl really). if so she is probably passing through on the way south and will be gone in a couple of days. Doubt she can do any real damage to your bees. I believe true bee eaters are in the old world (africa, europe and asia) and do not reside on the North Shore

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    tell that to the mockingbirds here. and what's worse, they seem to have a special appetite for mated queens!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    Get a cat. Kills mice too.

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    I have a cat I'm training to live in the apiary. Mockingbirds, when they run out of my grapes and tomatoes, do seem to have a taste for bees.
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    is laughing permitted? Great video - no, I'm not in it.
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.

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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsi View Post
    is laughing permitted? Great video - no, I'm not in it.
    Glad that you enjoyed it. I had second thoughts after I posted. I was afraid that you may have been offended. Not everyone thinks that my humor is funny.
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    Default Re: Bird eating my bees

    Actually herding cats would be quite the thing. I've got a couple of ferals stalking the fenced apiary lot, and I couldn't catch them to save my life, but food and shelter and stuff to hunt are great motivators. I've also got a redtailed hawk hunting that lot, but he or she prefers sparrows to bees.
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.

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