We enjoy the usual avian visitors to the woods behind our house. There are cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, flickers, etc. who are year-round residents. Others are passing through during migration in fall and spring. This year, we have the nest of an Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe under our deck for the first time. We hope it proves to be a good location for them so we can monitor the progress of their young.
The All About Birds site describes the nest is usually several feet above ground in an overhang protected from the elements and predators. That description fits the location of their nest perfectly as you can see below.
The nest is made of mud, moss, and leaves mixed with a variety of other found materials. This closeup shows the result of her work. The male doesn’t build the nest.
Someone asked about the characteristic tail wag. I tried to capture it in video. The times I had a camera ready, the Phoebes didn’t wag their tails. This one preened for a long time.
At other times, I didn’t have the camera ready and it wagged the tail. This short clip finally captured some tail wags. It sits watching for insects, then darts out to grab it, and flies back to perch. This link to All About Birds shows a good example.
It’s fun to have new neighbors.
I hope they prove to be good ones.
That’s s lovely photo, I’m in Wales st the moment in a caravan. I can hear a woodpecker in the woods and a cuckoo- you are lucky to see those though- very shy birds. Guess you have to be sneaky to lay eggs in other birds nests.
We have a species here that puts eggs in other bird nests. It is the Cowbird. Sneaky indeed.
Everyone comments here when they hear their first cuckoo of the year as it’s one of the first signs of springs. They are a lovely colour and with such a distinctive song. Definitely pesky though
There was a pair here that started two different nests and have now disappeared. I guess they didn’t find the yard to their liking, alas.
I hope ours stay.
If I remember correctly, their name came from their call. I looked it up at the Macaulay library, and it certain does sound like it’s saying “Phoebe.” Well, at least a human might interpret it that way.
I see the link doesn’t go directly to the call I was interested in. It’s the second one on the page.
It does sound like phoebe to me. Thanks for the link to the page. I tried several.