Sunday, June 12, 2011

Eastern Phoebe

These birds are readily heard but not so easily seen up close.  They're rather shy and fast moving and feed on insects rather than seeds.  We've had a pair re-using a nest in our barn eaves every year.  They maintain a wary watch when I feed the horses and cat. 





They make us laugh with their rather insistent "Fee BEE!; FEE Bee" call.  Click here if you want to hear them.

Here's the nest in the barn they return to each year.




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On a side note, the barn swallow parents have been chasing off their 5 grown youngsters and are no longer allowing them to roost in the nest.  Mrs. Swallow appears to be laying more eggs for a second clutch.

56 comments:

Farm Girl said...

If that is a eastern phoebe then ours must be different. Ours right now spend most of the time catching bugs that land in the swimming pool. Or in the mornings getting the bugs from the porch light. The sound though sort of sounds like the one they make. I will listen closer though.
I found a hummingbird nest yesterday.
I would like to take a picture but she is sitting. Maybe later.
Thanks for the pictures they are very shy.

Lois Evensen said...

It's such fun to watch the swallow family. They are so much like people parents: potty trained, educated, employed, and get out of the nest, please.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely photos. What is the name of the bird, if you don't mind?

Hilary said...

Aww what sweet little things. The sound clip didn't load for me. I'll try again later. Lovely shots.

Sandra said...

this is a lot of info on these sweeties, i have heard of them my whole life but never seen one. keep up the good work

eileeninmd said...

Great bird and photos, I like their cute Fee-bee sound. Very exciting to have a nest with babies too.

Robin said...

T, what a pretty little bird!

Marissa ♥ said...

Those are great photos. I was wondering about the barn swallows.

Michaele said...

That is a sound you can't easily confuse isn't it. Hence the name also. Birds work so hard. I am glad so many people look out for them and feed them. Great photos.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

beautiful shots!!

still having serious issues with blogger... think it may be the IE9 that my computer automatically updated! Grrrr... And, I'm not wiling to change browsers... YET... lol! Blessings ~ tanna

Picturit said...

Lovely little bird and you have done well to get such great images so very well done.

Texan said...

That nest is full. I always get tickled at how full the nest are.

Well Mr and Mrs Swallow are obviously part love birds. :O)

Gone Country said...

You have such great bird varieties! And they're having babies... so cool!

Nice series of shots!

Gone Country said...

I forgot to mention that as I was playing the sound clip of the birds, my cat, Hunter, got up from his napping place beside me and started staring at the computer! I had to tell him there weren't any birds in the house!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures of this hard to photograph bird.

joo said...

They are so lovely, and thanks for the link:)

Canyon Girl said...

Beautiful pictures.

pattisjarrett said...

Eastern Phoebes nested on a light fixture at my daughter's, my first encounter with them.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Oh how I enjoy seeing the Phoebes! They usually perch and wag their tail feathers back and forth. You have excellent pictures. I have never seen a nest before. Have a wonderful day and a great coming week!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

With regard to the swallows... once again I find myself saying, I believe there's a lesson in there:@)

Deb said...

you have such a big variety of birds....I guess the Momma swallow says out with the old...in with the new...

Millie said...

Mrs. Barnswallow is very ambitious. Kids once a year is plenty if you ask me!

Montanagirl said...

Nice series!

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

You always get the best pictures!

Debbie said...

great pictures...loved the "sound effects" super cool.....

you sure do get a lot of different birds in your neck of the woods, or neck of the pond. this looks a little like a sparrow to me....this coming from a girl who doesn't know a heron from an egret.....even WITH the help of the bird book!!!!

Kay's flowers said...

I listened to the sound bite and it was soo sweet. You just have some wonderful birds where you are.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

They look like very small birds.
Maybe Mrs. Swallow was feeling "empty nest" syndrome, and just can't go on without more youngins. :)

Larry Ostby said...

Love your Phoebe.
FeeBee
FeeBee
FeeBee
FeeBee

Great pics...

Jill said...

Delightful pictures of a darling little bird!

spindrift,me said...

For shy birds, Phoebes nest quite close to human habitation. For years we had a couple that had two clutches a season up where the moldings met in a corner of the house. I used to love to watch them from my bed. I also loved the way mom and dad would do lots of work to make the nest, get things right, and then seemed to take a vacation for a week before they settled down to serious breeding. Wise birds!

Beth Niquette said...

I adore your photography! What darling little birds. lol By the way, I saw your flying poodle! LOL Perfect!

sharon said...

so little and timid but a beautiful song.

Kelly said...

Aahhhh....such a sweet, sweet post. I love these little birds. You're lucky you have an active nesting site. I would love to watch them as they take care of their nestlings!!

Angela said...

Oh yes, I know what a Pheobe looks like! We have one that keeps a nest on the curve of the down spouts of our gutters. She just keeps having babies! lol Funny thing though is that you would think I'd have a yard full of them but we don't. Just that one is the only one I've noticed.

Have a Great Week!
Angela

Flora said...

Never heard of a Phoebe before! What I learn with this blogging!!

bailey-road.com said...

I've heard them, but never seen them - and I've looked for them!

Margaret said...

It always amazes me how MANY babies squeeze into a nest. Adorable photos - and water is always a nice background... :)

NicoleB said...

Those are beautiful photos of these shy fellows.
Never even heard of these :)

Buttons said...

I love these shots. They are such small delicate little birds but work so hard. B

Rose said...

These are incredible shots...

SquirrelQueen said...

I see I'm not the only one, when I played the sound clip my cat jumped up on my desk to find the bird. She was very confused.

Lovely little birds.

Sérgio Pontes said...

They are lovely, i really like to see them

Cindy said...

We've had phoebes nest around here every year since we've had this place. One year Mrs. Phoebe built her nest in the outhouse. After that, Jim built little shelves on a shed and they've been using them ever since. I like phoebes. Not the flashiest bird in the woods, but how can you not like a bird that eats bugs!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

the place you live looks heavenly!

beautiful shots, as usual.

betty xx

Katie @Pinke Post said...

My daughter and I just clicked on the sound link you provided. We don't have that bird around here but it was totally a cool site to find. Love it.

Dani said...

On the third shot the bird looks like a heart. :)

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Blogger ate my comment...

You have shown, and taught me something new again, Theresa. I had never heard or seen the Phoebe bird before. What a precious little thing.

I loved the pictures also, of course!!!!
xxxxxxxxx

Kerri said...

What a great capture of the babies in the nest! Sweeeeeet!

Dina said...

Love the phoebe shots. We don't see them very often here. Can't wait to see baby phoebes.

Furry Bottoms said...

those feel like peaceful pictures

bon bon said...

love it when you include audio. makes me feel like i'm right there. :oD

barbara l. hale said...

I've read a bit about barn swallows and find it fascinating that they can find the same nest year after year. Your photos of the babies are just precious but I guess when it's time to leave the nest, it's time to leave the nest.

barbara l. hale said...

I've read a bit about barn swallows and find it fascinating that they can find the same nest year after year. Your photos of the babies are just precious but I guess when it's time to leave the nest, it's time to leave the nest.

Paula said...

Awwww.....
*sigh*
Loved these pictures!

Allison said...

What cute pictures. They look so puffy and cuddly when grooming! That last shot is so pensive... I wonder what she's thinking.

Dominique Lalonde said...

The photos of baby birds in the nest is very cute !!!

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