Phoebe has returned

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

The Phoebe has returned to Crane Lake – he’s the first member of the “flycatcher” family to move north in the Spring. Many years they will return when it still seems like winter, this year is an exception with our super early Spring. The Phoebe is considered an insectivore, which means they eat mainly insects. But the Phoebe has a more developed digestive system than other flycatchers and is able to eat berries and seeds. This tides them over until there are bugs out and about.

An interesting sidenote is that the Phoebe used to be called “House Peewee”. The name probably came about from the way they construct their nests, a lot of times they place their nests under the eave of a building.

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2 Responses to Phoebe has returned

  1. What a sweet little bird. Great photo and write-up!

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