search instagram arrow-down
Renegade Expressions

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,204 other followers

Follow Renegade Expressions on WordPress.com

Blog Stats

Top Posts

Recent Posts

Archives

Categories

Blogs I Follow

Tags

2014 World Cup Africa Assassination Attractions Baltimore Birding Birds Black History Blogging Bob Marley Cayman CB&W CFFC Challenge COB Conspiracy Cooking CWW Death Delaware Entertainment EPL Food Football History Injustice Jamaica Life Lifestyle Maryland Media Music Music History Nature New Jersey Pennsylvania Peter Tosh Poetry Predictions Premier League Reggae Relationships Shocking Soccer Sports Vegetarian Virginia Washington DC Weekly Photo Challenge Wildlife

Meta

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

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 United States. It is migratory, wintering in the southernmost United States 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 wing bars, 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. [Wikipedia]

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

One of our most familiar eastern flycatchers, the Eastern Phoebe’s raspy “phoebe” call is a frequent sound around yards and farms in spring and summer. These brown-and-white songbirds sit upright and wag their tails from prominent, low perches. They typically place their mud-and-grass nests in protected nooks on bridges, barns, and houses, which adds to the species’ familiarity to humans. Hardy birds, Eastern Phoebes winter farther north than most other flycatchers and are one of the earliest returning migrants in spring. [All About Birds]

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe Facts [All About Birds]

  • In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.
  • The Eastern Phoebe is a loner, rarely coming in contact with other phoebes. Even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together. They may roost together early in pair formation, but even during egg laying the female frequently chases the male away from her.
  • Unlike most birds, Eastern Phoebes often reuse nests in subsequent years—and sometimes Barn Swallows use them in between. In turn, Eastern Phoebes may renovate and use old American Robin or Barn Swallow nests themselves.
  • The oldest known Eastern Phoebe was at least 10 years, 4 months old. It had been banded in Iowa in 1979 and was found in 1989 in Alberta.

 

 

6 comments on “Eastern Phoebe

  1. rugby843 says:

    as a child these were prevalent

    Like

    1. Yeah? First time seeing one.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. rugby843 says:

        As kids we knew their call, of course, phoebe🎶

        Like

  2. cyah1983 says:

    This bird is just on time for Easter,I am not sure it this bird yellow with a thouch of gray?? These birds just have a connection with you or you are just a naturally good @this…🌏🌏🌎

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s gray and brown. Maybe the yellow you see is the sunlight. ☺

      Like

Express Yourself!
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

anansi2050

Deep Thoughts and Ideas

A-wing and A-way

The Influence of Birds on Culture

GrannysLove

Get chatty about your Grandma

Harmony and the Many Places You'll Go

Travel insights, musical revelations, the weird and wonderful.

Safira's Journey

Create Your Own Happiness

That Random Girl- Daily

“How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

muffled voice..!

letz explore your unexpressed you in yourself..!

CreativeSiba

I am a Banker cum Blogger and a Photographer.My Blogs will definitely take you deep in to my Photography skills along with my words flowing in to sentences.I will share My Poetic as well as Shayeri moods as well.Be Happy........

%d bloggers like this: