I have noticed that my neighbors Cherry produced a lot of cherries this year and this attracted lots of house sparrows and starlings. Well, the cherries are done now and these little 'marauders' have moved their feasting to my bees! I am using my yard for breeding queens too so having these birds here is a serious threat to my operation. What to do?
I came up with this last night. I purchased a hawk plastic statue and now my yard is as quiet and bird free as it can be!
I will move it around a bit so they don't get used to it being there. Now, my bees can forage and fly with one less predator so close to their home base!