by Barbara Walvoord
From Lathrop Lamp Post April 20, 2017
Our phoebes are back! Newly returned from their winter homes in the south, they are perching on tree branches or fences. Our human residents often forget to wear their name tags in public, but the phoebe says its name over and over in a two-toned song: “FEEE be.” You can hear them at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/id.
You might also interpret this song as “FEED me.” Our phoebes need food for the hard work of building their nests, mating, laying their eggs, and feeding their young.
And what we need to feed our phoebes is—BUGS!
The eastern phoebe (Saynornis phoebe) is a “flycatcher,” though it also eats wasps, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, midges, and cicadas. Perched on a branch, low rooftop, or fence, in a yard or open woods, our phoebe will wag its long tail up and down restlessly, and Continue reading Bugs! We Need Bugs!!