How can I get rid of them, but keep the birds?
Why are they there?Why are the honey bees taking over my bird bath?
During dry hot weather the bees need water to cool the hive. If you want them out of the bird bath, build a bee waterer. Place a tray of gravel on the ground out of the wind. Almost fill the tray to the top of the gravel. The gravel provides many more landing places for the bees. They should use the bird bath much less. RScottWhy are the honey bees taking over my bird bath?
they are thirsty and at this time of the year there is not a lot of choice for water. As the season wears on they will find water elsewhere. Also they are just coming awake after the winter sleep (I hesitate to call it hibernation) and so need more hydration now.
Let them drink and they will reward you later by helping with pollination
Make sure to clean out the water bath as well on a weekly basis to prevent mosquito's from using it.
Funny thing is...bees have to drink too. Your bird bath is clean (I guess) and available, and they're thirsty from making all of that honey.
Be thankful. Honeybees are taking a hard hit lately, and populations are plumeting. Give 'em a break and let them drink without spraying or shooing...
Honeybees need a water source too. Since the honeybees have been suffering die offs due to mites, it's a nice thing that there are still some around to pollinate your garden and others. I doubt their presence will keep the birds away.
Honey Bees will drink water from the closest water they can find from the hive. You must have a hive close by. Be kind to the bees because they are your friends too.
Its spring time. Its natural. It won't last but about six weeks. It will be fine.