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Greetings,

 

I have a ceramic bird bath in my front yard that I usually fill on a daily basis. This morning I noticed a few bees hanging around, and I figured they were getting a drink.

 

However, this afternoon there are more bees, and they are buzzing and hovering around. I placed some rocks in the bird bath when I set it up because it's a little deep, and the bees seem to be crawling in the crevices. They seem rather excited, which is a little disconcerting.

 

Should I be worried? We spend time in the front yard and I don't want anyone to get hurt. I've already decided that if they are still there tomorrow, I won't refill the bath.

 

Thanks for your help and advice!

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Don't get me wrong, I like having them around. They did a great job with my plum tree this year, so I know they're in my garden. I have even weeded the lavender with them buzzing around. I figure we're both going about our business and don't really want to bother one another. I respect the bees! :-) And I'd rather see them there than drowned in the swimming pool.

There is another shallow water dish on the ground in the yard for the quail; that's why I'm thinking of not filling the bird bath for a while and maybe they'll go over there. We do use the front yard regularly, and I think all of the activity seems to be keeping most of the birds away.

Nick: the bird bath has been there for a couple of years, and since you need the bees I hope it doesn't take that long to attact them!
I've been thinking about putting a bird bath in my garden, specifically to attract bees. I don't see many of them around, and I need more pollination!
Great minds think alike I am planning to plant bee attracting flowers in my garden and thought it would be a great idea to put in a bird bath as well....

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