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Bees and wasps driving off hummingbirds at Martinez feeder

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Tips for ensuring hummingbirds get their share of the nectar

DEAR JOAN: I actually have a quandary. Bees ar hard equal time on my hummer feeder.

Sometimes the hummer wins and also the bees depart. generally the bees win and also the hummer flies up and into my neighbor’s Gardenia jasminoides.

Recently, I looked closely at the bees once there have been 2 on the feeder. apparently, the coloring is that the same – black and yellow stripes — however the bees were quite totally different. One was fuzzy from head to tail; the opposite was slick and I’m thinking it had been a yellow jacket.

Last month, whereas propulsion some automobile elements from a Pick-A-Part yard — yea, I’m a hot rodder — I got injured by those very little guys 3 times! fortuitously, i'm not allergic however it will sting intensely for a number of minutes.

My bias is toward the hummers. After all, I place up the feeder for them. What to try to to concerning the intruders? I’m tempted to place up a lure, however we all know we'd like bees.

I have place up a second feeder and I’ll wait to visualize what happens. Any thought on alternatives?

Bob, Martinez

DEAR BOB: There ar a number of ways that to stay the bees and wasps faraway from your apodiform bird feeders. the best is to maneuver the feeder. The birds can realize it however bees and wasps kind of shrug after they realize it missing and simply go away.

Hanging the feeders within the shade can also facilitate.

Hummingbirds are attracted to red colors, and bees tend to pay more attention to yellow. You can remove any yellow parts on the feeders, or switch to a feeder that has a red tray rather than individual feeding ports. The birds will be able to drink from the trays, but the insects can’t reach the nectar.

You also can add bee guards to the drinking spouts. They will stop the insects from getting to the nectar but won’t hamper the hummers.

To discourage the wasps, hang some fake nests around the yard. You can purchase them already made or simply take a small brown lunch bag, wrinkle it up and then form it into the shape of a hornet’s nest. Wasps are territorial and so they might leave if they think they’re stepping on some other wasps’ toes.

Lastly, grow some bee-friendly plants. The bees will go after the pollen and nectar in the plants and lay off the hummingbird feeders.

DEAR JOAN: The predawn chirping bird referenced in your Aug. 16 column is almost certainly a California Towhee rather than a mockingbird.

Towhees get up early to start bickering with one another and running around in the street. They make a hard, insistent “tink” sound. We occasionally have mockingbirds in my urban neighborhood, but towhees are much more common.

Juliet Cox, Bay Area

DEAR JULIET: Thanks to you and the many others who wrote in to suggest the towhee. After exploring it a bit more, I think you were all correct. A towhee it is.

The Friends of the Hayward Animal Shelter is having its annul August pet adoption and fundraising event, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at the shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward.

In addition to getting a great pet, adoptions will be sponsored by Santa Con Hayward.

The event will include live music from noon to 4 p.m., and a classic car show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look at adoptable pets and get more details at the group’s website.

Source eastbaytimes.com
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