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Blackbirds eating bees

Hey all,

The last two weeks I've observed two blackbirds stealthily approaching my hives and eating bees that are crawling around on the ground.
They usually get scared away when they get really close, but mostly the bees don't seem to be that bothered by it.

Am I right in assuming they are eating the bees that don't make it back to the hive because they're old and done for anyway?
Or should I be concerned?

Cheers, Rien

Blackbirds eating bees

Hi Rien

Yes - blackbirds being omnivorous are known to eat insects including bees but I'm picking it will only be the dead or dying ones that are usually found near the entrance of a hive. Healthy bees are generally too quick for a bird to catch.

Cheers
John

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