Re: [Mendobirds] Re:Lake Cleone SUMMER TANAGER
- Hi, Jessica,
The 'bee's' are actually yellow-jackets. You are correct about their habit of wandering in and out of their ground-based hive when the sun warms it. That was how I was able to find the Tanager.
It's amazing to me how many people have come by to see him and still he remains. He is sooo beautiful and I count myself fortunate to have even seen him and witnessed the same feeding behavior you described.
--- On Sun, 9/13/09, Jessica Morton <jessica@...> wrote:
From: Jessica Morton <jessica@...>
Subject: [Mendobirds] Re:Lake Cleone SUMMER TANAGER
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 9:16 AM
Last weekend, I met a couple from Oakland who were enjoying the
Tanager in its clearing habitat. They told me it's feeding on bees
living in or near the clearing; you may know that bees become active
only when the sun shines on their hive/nest. The Tanager bashed a bee
in its beak against a tree limb, before removing the sting and then
eating the bee. This could explain why I never saw the bird after work
(three tries!), but did at mid-day, when the bees had warmed up enough
to become part of the food chain again.
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