Birds eat the bees

The andrenid ground bees that I wrote about a few weeks ago are about gone. I love having all these little bees around and am glad my yard and a few others provide refuge for them. However, for people who are still not as enthusiastic about thousands of little dirt mounds and bees as I am here is another great thing about them. They are food for birds. All spring as robins and blue birds were prepping their nests they would hop around my yard digging bees out of burrows.

Blue bird that just captured a bee. Photo: SD Frank

Blue bird that just captured a bee. Photo: SD Frank

Of course insects are a major source of food for birds especially in spring.  This is true of the much maligned cankerworms that are so abundant write now. They are food for other insects and lots of birds.

Robin hunting for bees among all the mounds in my yard. S/he caught a lot. Photo: SD Frank

Robin hunting for bees among all the mounds in my yard. S/he caught a lot. Photo: SD Frank

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