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Eastern Phoebes in my Pine

Published July 03, 2012
Tags: My Feeders, Eastern Phoebe, juvenile, WNY, migrant

The other day, I was working away in my office when I began to tune-in to a different peep outside my window.  I scoured the huge pine tree near my window, looking for the source.  Finally, I spotted it: an Eastern Phoebe!  This is the first yard visit from a Phoebe that I'm aware of.

The next day and a few after that, the phoebe returned with a juvenile.  I managed to get a few halfway decent photos of them and will keep watching to try for more.

We enjoy a pretty long season for the Eastern Phoebe.  They are one of the first migrants to arrive here in WNY in the spring and they leave later in the fall than most birds.

Did you know the Eastern Phoebe prefers solitude? Although they nest and hang out near us humans - not seeming to mind our company - they don't hang around with others of their kind - even their mates.  Once mating is over, they go their separate ways.
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Eastern Phoebe and offspring
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Eastern Phoebe - probably the mother since the father doesn't have anything to do with the nesting nor care of the young.