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Hummingbird Feeder Types: Saucer vs. Vacuum Feeders

You may have noticed that I changed the type of hummingbird feeders on the webcam. This is a method to help control bees. There is a drought in Southern California, and the local bees are desperate for water. What could be better for them than a water source that is sugary to boot! The bees…

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Bee Dishes to Help Keep Bees Off of the Feeders

Old hummingbird window feeders make great bee dishes! Since I have been putting up bee dishes, I have greatly cut down on the number of bees attacking the hummingbird feeders. When I see a lot of bees at a feeder, I either take the feeder down and replace it with a bee dish or replace…

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Webcam Hummingbirds 9/9/16

The bees have pretty much left the webcam feeders so I am taking down the saucer feeders and returning the vacuum feeders, as the birds clearly prefer the latter! The praying mantis is back, but she has positioned herself in front of Bill Merritt’s bee pez dispenser. As long as she stays there she is…

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Praying Mantis Update

I checked on the feeder hourly today, and the mantid discovered that the bees really like Bill Merritt’s copper “onesie” feeder. The feeder was accidentally positioned in a “down” position so it was slowly leaking nectar. The mantid set herself under one of the bee dishes about three inches away from the leaking feeder. Almost…

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The Mantis Is Now on a Feeder

The praying mantis was apparently not getting enough action on the bee dish on the other side of the deck and has found her way to one of the feeders. Praying mantises have been known to eat hummingbirds, but it is reportedly a rare event. I know it happens because a few years ago I…

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The Praying Mantis Has Found Her Territory

It seems that my Praying Mantis has claimed one of the bee water dishes as her territory. She was there last night and again tonight. I love bees, but if this keeps her off of the hummingbird feeders, she can stay there. She only eats one per day. If she lays eggs, though, I will…

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Another Advantage of Bee Dishes!

Hmmm. The first predator praying mantis for the season has shown up, but she’s planted herself on one of the bee dishes. I guess the bees are much easier prey for her than the birds. I think I will leave her be for now and monitor the situation. If she starts getting interested in the…

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Are Bees Actually Using the Webcam Bee Dish? YESSSSS!

The bees are going to the feeders less and less (even on the vacuum feeders that you cannot see on the cam.)  Yay!  And the bees are proving my theory that they are primarily after water.  The bees are now using the cam bee dish and the other bee dishes I’ve set up around the…

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What on Earth Is That Yellow Thing on the Cam??!!

It’s another step in the bee battle!  The bees have thinned out on the deck, but there are still several of the little buggers buzzing on the cam.  I’ve given them their own water dish close by the feeders so they don’t have to fly far to get the water.  They are more attracted to…

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Bees Scored – Thanks to Mr. Squirrel

OK.  Now I see one of the problems.  Mr. Squirrel came to have a drink and spilled food out of the feeders.  The bees immediately came in for the VIP feeding.  Darn!  Just when very few of them were coming to the cam feeders.  I had to remove the vacuum feeder and will keep the…

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