OMG! You are not going to believe this! I sleepily walked to the kitchen window this morning in hopes of seeing happy little Elvis (the hummingbird) enjoying his nectar feeders on the portable hummingbird feeder rolling rack. No, it was more like instant eye opening to see one of the feeders full of bees, on the inside. I went running out to the deck for the rescue while trying to figure out what had happened. Number one: a swarm of honeybees of a thousand or so came in overnight to the Bird Sanctuary for the nectar feeders. (They follow the hummingbirds every year on the migration). Number 2: the feeders I filled the night before were empty. That means Rocky the Raccoon stole all the nectar overnight and while doing so, he knocked a yellow doodad off the feeder, creating the point of entry for the bees. So many bees were inside, they were beginning to die. I opened it up and poured the dying bees onto the ledge. Other bees came in and started cleaning the sugar coated bees. They all came back to life but 4. Elvis came up to get a bird's eye view on what was going on! Your photostudy tonight shows the feeder at different times of day with the swarming bees. Enjoy the Buzz!
Elvis checks out what's going on!
Swarming (honey bee)
Swarm behavior[edit source | edit]
Swarm preparation[edit source | edit]
Nest site selection[edit source | edit]
...this is brendsue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! After all this commotion, I thought it would be peaceful to close with the Kites. AND, other good news: It rained today-Hooray!