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    Default Re: Why so many thirsty honey bees?

    We have an old pottery bowl and jug full of water on the deck for birds to drink from. There is a constant stream of birds drinking all day. I have just been reading on the deck and it doesn't deter the birds at all so long as you don't make sudden movements. It does seem to be a thirsty time here in Taupo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John H View Post
    We have an old pottery bowl and jug full of water on the deck for birds to drink from. There is a constant stream of birds drinking all day. I have just been reading on the deck and it doesn't deter the birds at all so long as you don't make sudden movements. It does seem to be a thirsty time here in Taupo.
    We have a birdbath outside our family room and can watch them for hours.... https://youtu.be/VfzEKE7d4sc

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    Default Re: Why so many thirsty honey bees?

    We have had to place a 3" thick piece of foam in our bird bath to stop the bees and butterflies from drowning

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    Did you not see the lifesavers yellow flags on my video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Did you not see the lifesavers yellow flags on my video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allblack View Post
    50,000 honey bees would consume 1.1 litres of sugar water per day apparently.

    Therefore you must have about 60,000 bees visiting your feeder daily.

    I see a flaw ...
    consume is one thing, collecting is another.
    1.1 liters is nothing a small amount of bees will clean up in no time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    Yeah, but we are in Broadmeadows, Wellington
    its everywhere.
    citys are some of the worse spots. every man and his dog thinks hes a beekeeper these days.
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    Default Re: Why so many thirsty honey bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    We have a birdbath outside our family room and can watch them for hours.... https://youtu.be/VfzEKE7d4sc

    Ken
    Just the one starling!!. We get quite a collection of birds, until the stroppy blackbirds want in, white eyes are the only ones not afraid of the bullies.

    Don't get any honey bees tho.

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    Default Re: Why so many thirsty honey bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post

    They are drinking 1.25 litres of sugar water a day.

    Is this normal?
    Thats normal for South Ak kiddies.
    Perhaps local kids are steeling it ,to get their daily sugar rush .

    Or bees are stockpiling it, for when the sugar tax comes in .

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    Default Re: Why so many thirsty honey bees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
    I don't believe the water level was dropping due to evaporation. At times, the sponge was literally covered in bees.
    Evaporation would surely play a part, covered in bees or not.

    Try covering the feeder (or setting up a second one) in mosquito mesh so no bees can drink from it. See if the level goes down. I expect it will.
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