Our Birds and Bees. Help Are We Losing Our Bees?The Love of Nature.

Hollyhock and Bee
Hollyhock and Bee
Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower

Birds and The Bees in our yard.

Our yard is loaded with flowers, bees and birds. We enjoy all of them. This hub is all about the birds and the bees in our yard with my photos. Hope you enjoy.

There are pumpkins growing in our garden. The bees love the flowers they're always inside the blossoms.

They say our whole colonies of bees are disappearing, but no one seems to have the answer to what's happening to the bee. They call it Colony Collapse Disorder. Another threat to bees is the small hive beetle, (Aethina tumida) and a virus is also killing bees. I watched a television show on the Science Channel called What's Killing Our Bees? It was very interesting.

Haagan Dazs says with bee population disappearing will result in fewer flavors and higher prices.

Oh my, we can't let this happen!

Really when I take pictures of the bees in our yard I don't know if I'm taking a picture of a honeybee or bumblebee. We do have very big bumble bees those I know, but others forget it.

I worry about the spraying of the fields across from us. They spray it with a crop duster how many of the bees are being killed from the spraying. I went outside yesterday to take my little dog for a walk and saw the plane coming. I went back in the house and watch them spray and saw the spray blow into my side of the road. The smell is awful it comes right into my house even though I close the windows.

I was watching Amazing Race was very surprised how they collected honey in Africa. The bees were African Bees (Killer Bees). I never thought of killer bees as making honey. All I've ever heard about them is how they attack people.

Most of my photos on here of the flowers have bees of some kind in them.

Flower with a bee

CAN YOU FIND THE BEE?
CAN YOU FIND THE BEE?

GRAPES

Grapes
Grapes
Golden Glow
Golden Glow

Grape Growers.

Grape growers say bees ruin the grapes. We have only two grapevines and I have never noticed any problem with bees. Our grapes are concord grapes. The birds love the grapes and fly into the vine to eat the grapes.

Some of the flowers the birds and bees fly around.

This flower is a golden glow. I've had the flowers since my mother-in-law gave them to me years ago. Honey bees are attracted to brightly colored, sweet-smelling flowers. They love the flower garden and love the vegetable flowers.

Flowers will disappear as bees disappear, so will many naturally grown fruits and vegetables. As many as 90 major crops.

Cotton is pollinated by bees. Some medicines are plants are pollinated by bees.

Some animals rely on certain plants without bees we would lose not just plants but animals. Cows rely on bees pollinating the foods they eat.

I hope the problem is found soon. We don't kill bees, in fact, we don't even kill hornets even though they can be nasty little things.

We would lose so much without our bees.


Zucchini

Cucumber
Cucumber
Hornets Nest.
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Hornets Nest.
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Zucchini needs bees.

As you can read in the link above bees are a pest in vineyards. Growers want to use an insecticide to get rid of them. Some grape growers claim they're feeding can cause damage to the grapes. Others say it's the yellow jacket which cause the most trouble. I hate to see insecticide used, but what can anyone do. Bees do not pollinate grapes which I would have thought they did. I'm sure the birds also give grape growers trouble.

The zucchini in this picture is from our garden and it does need bees. They are necessary for squash pollination.

Bald Face Hornets Nest

The hive you see is a bald-faced (also called white face) hornets hive hanging on the side of our house. It's big and these little devils are mean aggressive critters. There was a time we couldn't even be on our deck they wouldn't leave us alone. Some years they drove the hummingbirds crazy, they were always on their feeder. We would have to move the feeder away from us. We tried everything to make the hornets move on. This was all going on before they put the hive up, once the hive was up they seemed more interested in it and not so much in us.

The hive no longer has hornets in it. The hornets were here last year. I thought it was pretty and I didn't want to take it down. I heard if we leave it we won't have hornets flying around our deck because other hornets won't come around an old nest. They won't invade another hornets territory.

This is now 2014 and we haven't had hornet problem since we left the hive hanging. There are only pieces of the nest left now.

Pink Bush
Pink Bush

Allergies to bees

I have some allergies to bees. I was once stung by a little tiny sweat bee. It stung me on the forehead and I didn't even know it was there until my aunt told me. In the evening, my right eye had turned black and swelled, by morning the poison had gone down my face and back up and into my left eye it turned black. I started choking in the morning while I was sleeping and came flying out of the bed. We believe the poison had gone into my throat and swelled it. As soon as I stood up the choking went away. You wouldn't believe what I looked like when all this happened it was awful and scary.

I walked by a bush in our daughter's yard this year and she said, "Mom, get away from the bush it is full of sweat bees." Believe me, I got away from it.

Hornet Hive

Bald Face Hornet Nest
Bald Face Hornet Nest | Source
Bat House
Bat House | Source

Bats Are Pollinators.

Bats are also pollinators. We wouldn't have bananas, peaches or mangoes without bats. Bats take the nighttime to do their pollinating. They carry pollination long distances because they are migratory. I know many people wouldn't want to lose their tequila they could without bats.

We like bats because they eat mosquitoes. I love insects, birds, bats and bees, but I do not love mosquitoes. They do nothing for us but carry disease.

We put up our bat house this year. We have had it for a long time a friend gave it to us but have not had the time to get it up. This year we went through all our bird houses and fixed the ones needed fixing and put them and the bat house up.

If you have a bat house put it up if you don't have one get one. Bats are helpful little creatures.

Morning Dove

Dove
Dove

Hummingbird

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers
Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

Birds In Our Yard. Birds Also Pollinate.

Birds are also pollinators. They pollinate wildflowers.The pretty little hummingbirds flying around are not just beautiful, but they are pollinators.

Beautiful little Morning Dove in our backyard.

Video to the right a hummingbird going in and out of my flowers.

We also get Pileated Woodpeckers, as seen in the video below. Beautiful birds, we have lots of them around here. We also have Downy Woodpecker and Hairy Woodpecker. Once in a while we see Red Headed Woodpecker.

In the days when our kids were little, I was the so-called bird lady of the neighborhood. One night my neighbor called me. She was all upset, there was a seagull in her yard. It had hit the wires and fallen into the yard. Unusual looking seagull not like the ones we see in Burger King parking lot. It was spring, maybe this guy was just passing through.

I went out and picked the bird up put him in a box and took him home kept him warm. With all birds we've found, I would pile the kids in the car and we would take birds to the Wild Life Center so they could be taken care of the right way and then later let go.

A friend's daughter found an injured flicker. She insisted her mother bring the bird to me. She was sure I could save it. I couldn't, it's injuries were so bad and they often go into shock and then will die.

Our son not long ago called us because baby ravens had fallen out of the nest at his house. He had to leave and couldn't help them so Mom and Dad had to. We found two alive. The rest of the chicks were dead. They had fallen a long distance out of the tree. Eagles will get into the nest where baby ravens are and pull the nest apart trying to get at the babies.

I've been berated by friends for taking the time to run animals to the center. The reasons because it was too far, it took up my time, the animal isn't worth it on and on. I'll still do it my way.

My brother-in-law had this hornets nest in his. A hornets nest is just a piece of art. Don't you think?

If You Come Into My Yard You Are Protected, Bird, Bugs,Bees, Bats, Hornets, Wildlife, And Pets.

Woodpeckers

I believe this is a Hairy Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker on our feeder. Downy is smaller and has a short bill. Hairy has a longer pointed bill.

We have had the Hairy Woodpecker here all winter, but I have not seen a Downy yet this year.

They will stay through the winter and summer. They love to pick around in the trees after bugs and whatever they can find to eat.

Below is the Pileated Woodpecker on our feeder.

Please, check out my other bird hubs. We get lots of different birds in the yard.

Snow Birds and Turkeys in the meadow.

Snow Birds
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Turkeys
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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

loki1982, I don't worry to much about bugs and things now but we don't have black widows or anything like that. Our two sons stood looking at our deck where it's closed in and dark. Something was under it and we needed to get it out. They would not go under there with the spiders they thought the item was not that important to get out. I said "Oh for crying out loud two grown men." I crawled under the deck and got out what we needed. The spiders here are not going to hurt you. Thanks for stopping by.


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loki1982 2 years ago from Dallas

Great article. I try not to kill anything I dont have to. I used to be afraid of bees and wasp but I conquered my fear and they dont bother me any more.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

vandynegl, We have to wonder what is killing them off. We were so low on butterflies this year in our yard I was shocked and not an awful lot of bees. They crop dust across from our house and I know some has to blow our way. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.


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vandynegl 2 years ago from Ohio Valley

Great pictures! I have my suspicions about the bee disappearance! With all of the increases in using pesticides and creating the GMO crops, it is speculated that this could be a major reason that bees are dying. I wouldn't doubt it one bit. We need to all wake up.

On another note, I appreciate you sharing your allergy story. As much as I try to preserve our bees, my husband was recently cutting grass and got "attacked" by yellow jackets! He never had an allergy before, but wow, did he swell up quite quickly! It was a fun filled afternoon in the emergency room!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Great photos! Our honey bees are in trouble and hopefully that will be addressed before it's too late.

Voted up, BI, pinned to my 'White' board, and shared!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you and thanks for the vote and shared.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Great pictures of the birds and bees. Both play a vital role in our ecological system.

Voted up, interesting and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you I try my best to get good photos. Thank you for pin and share and thanks so much for stopping by.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I pinned your third photo to my flowers board on Pinterest. You really take some great photos! Happy to share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Diana Lee, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I enjoyed this hub. I am also a bird watcher.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

KerryAnita, That's great that your getting so many bees in your tree. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

We had mud dobbers at one of our homes between them and the swallows the house was always full of mud. Bald faced hornets are so aggressive they get on the hummingbird feeder and the hummers can't come in and eat. Thanks for stopping by and for the share.


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KerryAnita 3 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

Such beautiful pictures, and a great message! Bees are so important and it's so saddening that they are disappearing. I have a big ficus tree in my back yard and every spring it flowers attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of bees! I love it!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to say that I am sharing this interesting hub. The photo of that bald faced hornet's nest is amazing. We have what are called mud dobbers and they keep building their hard cased nests on the outside of our home. We keep knocking them down but we are always discovering new ones. They are not very aggressive wasps.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan,

Thank you I'm glad they are interesting I always worry about every hub I have. Glad you liked the videos.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your hubs are always so interesting and colorful and this one was surely not an exception. I'm not a fan of bees but as you point out they are important to keep around. Your videos are great and all your photos extraordinary. Voted up and beautiful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

thumbi7,

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is a beautiful garden I just wish I was better at weeding it.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Wow! This is so wonderful!

You have a beautiful garden with lots of plants, flowers, fruits, birds and bees.

I enjoyed your first hand description about your experiences

Thanks for SHARING:)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W

Thank you for stopping by my hub. I hope they soon find out too.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This was such a pleasure looking at your flowers, birds and bees. Hope they soon learn what is causing the decline in honey bees or we will all be in trouble. Useful and interesting hub. Thanks!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

andrebreynolds, Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.


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andrebreynolds 5 years ago

Certainly a good hub. Keep up the good work.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Thank you and thanks for stopping by my hub.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Brilliant hub .really enjoyed. May be you would like to read my hubs on the wildlife of England.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks for comments StonebridgeFarm. I know some bees I don't like I'm allergic to the little what we call sweat bees. One sting from them and I look like a monster. Even though none of us like Hornets and Wasp they do get rid of pest insects. In the city of Toronto they leave all wasp and hornet nest in trees and do not remove them unless they are a danger to people.

Glad you liked my pictures.


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StoneBridgeFarm 7 years ago from SE Ohio

Hey there! Great info and an important hub as well. My hubby and I are beekeepers in Ohio. CCD is terrible and it effects everything.

The bee in the first pic is a bumble. They are great pollinators as well. The second pic is of some kind of wasp or carpenter bee. The only good pollinators are honey and bumble bees. All other insects and wasps are only out for number one. They may pollinate on "accident", but basically they just steal and eat.

I have never heard of the keeping the hornet's nest up thing. But I will tell you this...I would take it down! Old Hornet's nests are notorious for providing a new home for wasps. Wasps suck and I hate them!!! :) Saying this after being stung by them several times.lol

Keep the wonderful articles coming!

PS: AWESOME pics!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks speedsking and thanks for stopping by.


speedsking 7 years ago from Seattle

Nice hub


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks...and thank you for stopping by my hub.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Yes, if the bees go, we won't be far behind! What beautiful pictures! :)

Suzanne


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

ADB thanks for posting comment. Since we have left the hornets nest hanging from our house we have not had any hornets on our deck this year. Someone said they won't come as long as the old nest is hanging there.


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ADB 8 years ago from Canada

Great hub. My mom and dad have had bee hives on the back of there acerage all summer. Honey bees are so much smaller than bumble bees. They don't bother anyone and have helped my mother's garden out. Plus, free honey this winter. It's really sad what we have done to our world. Thanks for posting this and nice pictures from your yard.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for signing. I would also like to have at least one bee hive.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I saw a programme on Sky the other week about the bees vanishing, and it is very worrying. In certain parts of the world they now have to pollinate all of their crops by hand as they accidentaly wiped out the bees. I have been considering keeping bees at some point myself, as here in Guernsey in the Channel Islands we have an abundance of wildflowers and ideal habitat, plus I could put the hives on the land where my Husband and I have our coarse fishing lake. Quite expensive to set up though I am told.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks to both of you for your comments. I agree sixtyorso bees are vital to ecology and food source.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Bees are vital for ecology and as a food source. Interesting hub and great picures


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Die'Dre' 8 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

I have never heard that bees are trouble for grapevines. I haven't noticed a problem. Nice hub.

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