My new hive is doing great. I installed my package on 4/17/17 and in 2 weeks they have drawn out comb and the queen is actively laying. Then I noticed the Summer tanager perched in a tree above my hive. Frequently he will swoop down and undoubtedly snatch up a bee.
Here he is.
And here is what I found out, read the paragraph carefully:
Holy crap, the tanager eats bees.
And look at this…
The Audubon website states they can become a nuisance around beehives.
I have a young hive with a queen that has just started laying about 9 days ago and now I have a bird (granted a rather beautiful bird) swooping down and eating my bees. I have watched him do it. Do I have anything to worry about?