[CT Birds] Bird Feeders - but somewhat OT

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Sat Jan 21 20:08:33 EST 2017

They come out to do a cleansing flight  (poop) when temps get around 60°f or they would get dissentary. 

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Sent: 2017-01-21 8:04:28 PM 
Subject: [CT Birds] Bird Feeders - but somewhat OT

The main feeders I have in my yard are 2 very large platform  type feeders 
with a standard mixed seed mix on both. But in the last few days  I've been 
seeing something that strikes me as very unusual and somewhat  worrisome. 
Honey bees, sometimes just 1, sometimes several at a time on  the feeders 
and apparently trying to find some sort of nutrition they can use in  the 
bird food. I have seen them on both feeders. 
I believe they are normally dormant or in hibernation at this  time of 
year, and I'm concerned that coming out now (presumably because of  the somewhat 
milder than usual weather) may cause them harm, particularly  because there 
are no flowers and nothing else I can think of that they could  actually 
feed on. Anyone know anything about this behavior and its  consequences?
Don Morgan
Coventry,  Ct
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