Saturday, April 25, 2015

Phoebe Song

Eastern Phoebe singing in dogwood tree

From a branch in the old dogwood tree at the edge of the yard, 
we can hear the Phoebe singing her unique song, calling out her name again and again, 
"Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe". 

She has a good reason to sing.  
The construction is completed on her new nest, 
located on a ledge at the top of a pillar under the roof of the front porch.
She keeps one eye on it from the dogwood tree.

Eastern Phoebe on a ledge

Several generations of Phoebes have grown up on our front porch, 
right where we could watch them from the kitchen window. 
They make an awful mess, but a little cleanup seems a reasonable price for front row tickets.

Several years ago, when we had a mason wrap our wooden pillars with cultured stone, 
we asked him to build special shelves at the tops with the Phoebes in mind.
He humored us, and the Phoebes made their preference known by moving away.
For years, we only heard their song from a distance.  

They are finally back, but they ignored our special addition for them,
 and built their nest on the other side of the pillar, away from the kitchen. 
It's made of grass and hair, and covered with bright green moss.

Eastern Phoebe annimation

Outside, the Phoebe flies to the supplejack above the birdbath, 
which she has commandeered as her command post, pausing and wagging her tail, 
and then to the top of a tall oak, where her song continues.

And we wait, trying not to count our Phoebes before they are laid.


eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, I love the sweet Phoebe's song.. They are pretty birds and wonderful to have them nesting in your yard.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

Felicia said...

What a gorgeous shot of the precious bird in the dogwood tree.

her nest is beautiful as are your images.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Lucky you! The bird nest is very interesting and does look like it would cause a big mess on your porch.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos. I love the first shot.

Margaret Adamson said...

That moving last shot is class. A lovely bird.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely little bird. I love the animation.

Lisa Gordon said...

I wait for this sound every spring, but it was very late this year. I heard my first phoebe, day before yesterday. What a welcome sound it was.

Have a wonderful week ahead, Connie.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Good luck with the new phoebe family!

Steve Borichevsky said...

It is great that you have a loyal line of Phoebes that enjoy your home.

Susan (ABON) said...

A beautiful post, Connie. I had the pleasure only once of a phoebe visiting our back yard. Such interesting little birds and their song so sweet.

Adam Jones said...

That nest looks enormous. Will keep the young ones warm. A lovely bird.

Frank Boxell said...

Great shots Connie. I hope they have a sucessful season.

NC Sue said...

Very cool. Excellent photography!
Please come link up your photos at

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Very, very beautiful and your photography is amazing!

bettyl-NZ said...

How wonderful to be able to watch their life happen before your eyes! I have never heard of a phoebe but she sure is pretty. And the dogwood is a perfect perch.

Marie C said...

Our little feathered friends have minds of their own! :-) Lovely photos. Glad they are back!

Lui said...

Hi Connie!
Yes I miss you too and your gorgeous images and delightful stories. Thank you for visiting. I hope you are on FB where I update often. . .

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow- what a super nest! Such a tiny bird for that big home. Have a great evening!