Friday stress-buster, but WARNING: Bad sinuses and camerawork may distract……
nice to just watch, birds tweeting. You don’t think of bees needing to drink (i don’t know what else I expected them to do!), no pushing, no bombing….
Well, plenty of pushing but in a nice, kind of “scuse me, scuse me please” way.
Once the bees find a watering hole they like they keep coming back so you need to keep that pot full. I’d put some sticks on it as well so they don’t drown if the water drops a little and the fall in.
Rest assured, our morning routine before work for the past few years has been putting out feed and filling any receptacle that holds liquid. We learned early on that we could set up purpose-built watering holes, but they would choose their own. As is the case with this pot. I have a bad habit of leaving pots I have emptied around the yard. Thisone started to fill with rain water and we hadn’t realized the attention it was getting until we saw sparrows dipping into it. Now the bees have commandeered it, even though there are more salubrious and comfortable (not to mention less life-threatening) places for them to drink!
The buzzing is mesmerizing and thanks, I learned something new. I never considered that bees got thirsty. 😉
They are that, indeed!
I think bees are as soothing as an aquarium.
I know! I just take my coffee down to the greenhouse, plop down beside them in the little pool of sunshine and just watch.
I keep shallow birdbaths with rocks for young birds and insects to drink. If a bee falls in, it can grab a rock and not drown. I find them so interesting and plant my garden for them….Thank you for posting to Nature Notes…Michelle
I was hoping I had done it correctly! Regarding the water, it’s interesting to watch the face-off between the bees and the birds over the water. I have a magpie who loves to marinate everything he eats: we had to put a separate bowl out for him because the bees were putting him off!
I put out flower pot saucers. They are shallow and on the ground so baby birds that can’t fly well can drink and the bees use it. I learned that from another blog a few years ago. Works great…
We only use pot saucers! The one exception being a ceramic dish and rock pool bequeathed by previous owners.
which of course they all like the same deep one.. LOL.. we try.. we try LOL
Nothing like a good ol’ bee-magpie face-off at the popular watering hole. The bees usually win.
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