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Category Archives: Eastern Phoebe

I’ve managed to capture a few birds at Gilbert Creek. An Eastern Phoebe which is the first one that I’ve seen at Gilbert Creek.

A Bald Eagle has been hanging around.

A few Mallard Ducks can be found.

Shot of a Song Sparrow early in the morning.

I saw my first Eastern Phoebe yesterday.

Eastern Phoebe

 

I used to see Eastern Phoebes all summer. At one point they nested above a light outside my garage. They then nested under the deck for a couple of years. Since they stopped nesting around the house I normally only see them after their first batch of young hatch.

 

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

House Finch

House Finch

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird female

Eastern Bluebird female

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Normally we have Eastern Phoebes around the farm. For years one nested on a light over the back door of the garage. In recent years they have not nested around the house but they turn up occasionally. This week one turned up at my bird feeders. Typically they don’t eat anything at the feeders so I was a little puzzled. It was a hot day and the phoebe looked a little out of sorts. Shortly after he arrived he started chasing an American Goldfinch. He returned to the feeder and then chased another goldfinch. This behavior went on for about 15 minutes. A few days later he was back and still chasing goldfinches.

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This fledgling Eastern Bluebird has been hanging around with its parents.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

I continue to find a number of Chipping Sparrows hanging around the feeder.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

The Eastern Phoebes have returned. I mentioned that they were not nesting around the house for the first time in years. But I’m now seeing and adult and a fledgling hanging around the house but not nesting.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

American Goldfinches are around in large numbers. They are really going though the thistle seeds.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

As long as I can remember we have had Eastern Phoebes nesting on the farm. For years they had a nest above a light fixture that was mounted close to my son’s bedroom window. It used to drive him nuts when the birds would start in early in the morning. When that nest was abandoned they started nesting under out deck.This year they have not returned and I have not seen a single Eastern Phoebe. These photos were taken the last several years.

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Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

More photos from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.

I watched this Eastern Phoebe Preening one afternoon.Eastern-Phoebe-14-7-_1521

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This past week three more spring birds returned to the farm. The Eastern Bluebirds returned to the area several weeks ago but only turned up on the farm the last couple of days.

Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird male

 

Right behind the Bluebirds were the Tree Swallows. Both are vying for the use of the same houses. I have a dozen bird houses around the farm and have yet to figure out why the Bluebirds and Tree Swallows always seem to want the same houses.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

 

The Eastern Phoebes also returned this week. They have been busy working on their nest. Since the nest from last year is available they seem to be only doing some minor repairs.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Yesterday I saw two new birds at my feeders. The Yellow-rumped Warblers are migrating through. I have been seeing lots of them along the Red Cedar River but today I saw my first one on the farm. I think this is the first one I’ve ever photographed on the farm.

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The Eastern Phoebes have also been plentiful along the Red Cedar River. I normally have them build a nest around the house and yesterday I saw my first one of the season on the farm.

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