Some years, when we're lucky, a pair of phoebes builds a nest on our porch.
It usually takes about 10 days for the eggs to incubate, and another 10 days for the young phoebes to fledge. These photos are from the incubation phase.
We use foil to dissuade the phoebes from building a nest where we don't want them.
I love to hear a phoebe singing first thing in the morning. It doesn't hurt that each phoebe eats as many as 1000 flying insects a day. We definitely have a lot of flying insects in New Hampshire!
The phoebe nest is right outside the window where we eat....so at meal times especially, we got to watch all kinds of phoebe antics as they captured tons of bugs to feed their baby phoebes.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of the babies, but I know for a fact that they left the nest yesterday. I saw one of the little ones taking its first wobbly flight to a nearby bush.
The yard seems so empty without the phoebes, although one of the adults came back to visit for a while this morning.
Happy lives little phoebes!! Come back and visit any time!
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