Sunday, June 3, 2012

Phoebe Babies

Baby phoebe birds waiting for mama

A pair of phoebe flycatchers made a nest on our porch this spring. Much like the swallow, the phoebe makes its nest with mud and other materials, adhering the nest to the side of something, like the siding on our porch! We had to move the porch chairs because the parents-to-be made a mess on everything flying over with slews of drippy, muddy nest materials!  And then the poop from the babies started dropping . . .lucky we'd moved the porch chairs.
The phoebe nest above the shutter on our porch
Since taking these photos, the 1st clutch of baby phoebes fledged.  You can click on this link to learn more about the phoebe flycatcher bird and to hear their call.

Apparently, after working so hard to construct this nest phoebes want to get a lot of use from it in a season.  A second clutch of eggs has recently hatched and the parents are busily flying back and forth feeding the babies.  Wonder if they'll do this again before fall comes?

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