Vacancies and residents in our pollinator homes
Last winter, I played around
with making nest sites to attract
I figured there wasn't really much need since we have plenty of habitat
just a stone's throw away in the woods, but I was curious to see if
anyone would move in anyhow. Sure enough, several native bees
took advantage of the in-garden accomodations!
Since only about a third
of my stem bundles were used, I got a good idea of which sites the
insects preferred. Exposure to the elements kept bees away from
all except one stem in the peach tree hotel, but many more of the ones under
the awning of the wood stove roof showed signs of use. Bamboo
seemed to be preferable to drilled-out elderberry twigs, probably again
because my drill bit wasn't sharp enough to provide an interior as
smooth as the natural bamboo walls. It's also possible that the
bees liked the more solid ends created by the bamboo stem joints
compared to the twigs that I blocked off with mud.
We'll have new chicks in a couple of weeks and will start them on our chicken waterer from day 1 to prevent coccidiosis and drowning.
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