Saturday, May 29, 2010


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 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!


Delighted Hands said...

I love the phoebes! How nice to have experienced a visit! I won my battle to keep a nesting wren out of my christmas cactus and then rescued a baby cardinal from a stray cat this morning so hopefully the good deed cancelled out the inhospitality!

Kelly said...

I have a phoebe that swoops from the tree stakes in the "orchard" (an area of the lawn where we have planted fruit trees) to catch insects. I love this bird! I don't know where the nest is, but the phoebes are a year round part of my yard.

How lucky that you have a nest that you can watch!

Synnøve. said...

So nice to have little birds building a nest so close to you.
Here are the birds alreade ready to leave the nest. It goes so Quickly.

We found a cuple of eggs on the ground. One wasnt even damaged. But the little chick inside was not alive.

The spring has gone and the summer is here. But it not so warm. Its windy and the temperatur is not so high, today is 22 degress warm.
But I love it.

Have a nice sunday evening and take care.
Hugs Synnöve.

Theresa said...

Oh how fun! We have a little wren that likes to build it's nest around the house, but not nearly as melodic as a phoebe!
I'm surprised since it is such an early clutch that they don't do two a year. Certainly enough insects! ;)

Life Looms Large said...

Theresa must have read those phoebes' minds....even though the young just left the nest on Friday, by Sunday night we saw an adult bird at the nest again.

Maybe we'll be lucky enough to get a second clutch this year. The spring has been 2 or 3 weeks ahead of normal, so hopefully they'd still have time!


Jennifer said...

Hoe very sweet - what a glorious part of spring!