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Eastern Phoebe

Bob Orsillo

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Palmdale, CA - United States

Great capture, Bob! V/F

Bangalore, Ka - India

best capture i will say Bob

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Rujuta!

Sioux City, IA - United States

Fantastic capture and great movement, we do not have this birds in our state. It so sweet image f/v

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Yumi! :)

Grants Pass, OR - United States

Wonderful capture, Bob! fav

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Cindy! :))

Silicon Valley, CA - United States

Wow, what a great capture!! I love it!! Beautiful composition, gorgeous image!!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Xueling :))

Brookeville, MD - United States

I don't know how I missed seeing this darling image, Bob, but it's just too adorable!!!!! I have an Eastern Phoebe nesting right now in the elbow of the awning over my deck (which now I can't use, of course, until the babies have hatched and fledged). Must say there was a cowbird egg in the nest ... sigh ... tough decision made about 2 weeks ago. I've tried so hard to get a decent shot of my Phoebe but with no luck, she's very shy. I'll just come here and enjoy yours!!! Your little sweetie flying away is the icing on the cake!!!! LOVE this!!!!! f/v of course!!!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Lois! :))

Auburn, ME - United States

Elizabeth, Gwyn Thank you so much! Bob

Palm Beach Gardens, FL - United States

Wow, talk about timing...great image! And thank you for all of your comments on my Hawaii images. Elizabeth

Whittier, CA - United States

Little tiny, quick Phoebe. That takes patience or perhaps luck! Lovely image and narrative.

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Eastern Phoebe

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Bob Orsillo

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Photograph - Nature Photography

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Adult Eastern Phoebe. Parents taking turns catching bugs and feeding the babies in the nest. One would stand on the fence post as the other flew to the next. Photography by Bob Orsillo
The Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) is a small passerine bird. This tyrant flycatcher breeds in eastern North America, although its normal range does not include the southeastern coastal USA.

It is migratory, wintering in the southernmost USA and Central America. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. This is one of the first birds to return to the breeding grounds in spring and one of the last to leave in the fall. They arrive for breeding in mid-late March, but they return to winter quarters around the same time when other migrant songbirds do, in September and early October; migration times have stayed the same in the last 100 years.

This species appears remarkably big-headed, especially if it puffs up the small crest. Its plumage is gray-brown above. It has a white throat, dirty gray breast and buffish underparts which become whiter during the breeding season. Two indistinct buff bars are present on each wing. Its lack of an eye ring and wingbars, and its all dark bill distinguish it from other North American tyrant flycatchers, and it pumps its tail up and down like other phoebes when perching on a branch. The Eastern Phoebe's call is a sharp chip, and the song, from which it gets its name, is fee-bee.

The Eastern Wood-pewee (Contopus virens) is extremely similar in appearance and voice. It lacks the buff hue usually present on the lighter parts of the Eastern Phoebe's plumage, and thus has always clearly-defined and contrasting wing-bars. It also does not bob its tail habitually, and appears on the breeding grounds much later though it leaves for winter quarters at about the same time as the Eastern Phoebe.

The breeding habitat of the Eastern Phoebe is open woodland, farmland and suburbs, often near water. This phoebe is insectivorous, and often perches conspicuousl

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