This is an interesting little bird. It’s an eastern wood-peewee that was singing out around Mr. Neil’s property. Periodically, the peewee would flip out from its perch and grab some insects. I didn’t get a photo of it, but as I was watching the peewee through the scope, I noticed it grabbed a bee! That’s when I realized this peewee was perched right over our yard hive and is hanging out in what we call the “bee highway” or the main flight path bees follow going to and from the hive.
This is not the first flycatcher I’ve seen around the hives. Great-crested flycatchers show interest as well. I’m not too worried about it, there are several thousand bees, so a dozen or so eaten by birds is manageable. Plus, I suspect the birds prefer drones–they are bigger, fatter, juicier, slower and being males, they do not sting.