Post by snookerdude on Aug 2, 2015 22:33:48 GMT -5
the 4 hummers now in my back yard have been around for a couple of months. 2 m rt's, 1 f rt and 1 f ruf. i have 4 feeders out [3 in back yard and 1 in front. the recent relocation of one to the front yard doesn't seem to have any effect on the back yard activity. the front one is being used a lot so i think i am now drawing birds from across the street.
i've always had an occasional wasp or yellow jacket visit my feeders but now i'm seeing a bee or two on the feeders most of the time. i've made ant traps for my feeders but i don't know how to address the bee issue. i certainly don't want to use any chemical approach. perhaps we must simply accept them. unless you do like i did today and stand in the sprinkling rain with your back scratcher and swat them down.... not easy.. like hitting a phil neckro knuckle ball.
Bees and wasps are always a problem when they are able to get at the sugar solution. Best to avoid gravity type feeders and use dish types that make it more difficult for the critters to get at the sugar solution.
I'm a bit skeptical that you have a Rufous in your yard, at this time of the year. Any photo's to support your observation?