This summer has been filled with many hummers, and 1 or 2 honey bees...ok, well last month I think all of the bees in Indiana found my feeders, they hummers were beeeeing chased away by those darn bees!!! Yes we need the bees, but it was sad and madening the hummers couldnt feed. tried spreading out the feeders, then I cleaned them and put them up. the bees seemed to mostly dissappear, ( I do have many many floweres to attract birds and bees), and I started seeing new ones on their journey south, once again I put the feeders out and she only got a short sip and the bees ran her off. Does anyone have any ideas to keep the bees from the feeders...(dumb question I know) and If anyone sees a juvinial hummer with only 1 tail feather, he has lived the past summer in my flower gardens and feeders, but hes gone now, If anyone sees him I'd love to track his journey south and I hope to see him return again next year. If birds travel as a "crow flies" he should fly straight south to evansville, in nashville,Tn, and 65 south to the gulf. ???? wonder if this really works that way, I would love to share my story on how I saved his life (his toung was stuck) Thanks Rose
Here are some tips discussed on the bird watching forum.
• consider feeders with bee guards
• paint the flowers/ports on your feeders with red nail polish as bees can't "see" red
• feed the bees something elsewhere. Perhaps make some butterfly brew (beer, bananas and sugar) and place in an area away from the feeders.