The first Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

The Eastern Phoebe is the first “flycatcher” to arrive at Crane Lake. The flycatcher family is a large one and as their name indicates, they mainly eat insects.

Phoebes are pretty common at Crane Lake and they stay for the summer to raise their young ones. Some cabin owners along the lake will have Phoebes nest under the eaves of their cabins and boathouses. Many birds return to the same nest year after year. They will repair the nests and then raise a couple broods. If you are lucky to have one of these birds nest at your cabin, respect their privacy and they will reward you with nature’s brand of  bug control!

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2 Responses to The first Flycatcher

  1. Phil says:

    Naturalist Marcia Bonta has posted an article today
    entitled “Audubon’s Pewee” that provides an in-depth
    look on the Eastern Phoebe that indicates the phoebes
    were the first birds ever banded in North America by
    the hands of John James Audubon who used light
    silver thread as banding material…

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