Bird #130 — Eastern Phoebe

sayornis (for Thomas Say, American entomologist who accompanied Stephen Lond on his 19th-century expedition to the Rocky Mountains) phoebe (a daughter of Gaea)

Saturday, April 19, 1980 — 10:00 am

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

We were walking down the prairie trail, just as it opens up into the field and before it gets to the bridge.  The Phoebe was sitting in the top of a small tree near the marsh, continually wagging its tail.

Later that summer, and for each of the next five summers or so, a Phoebe nested on a ledge above the doorway of the blind on Bulrush Pond.  It would fly out and land in a nearby tree every time someone approached.  I once spent about half an hour sitting inside the blind waiting to see if it would come in while I was there.  It finally flew in the door, but just as quickly went out the window.  I didn’t want the eggs to get cold, so I left.  More than once, I saw young birds in the nest.  I don’t know if it ever successfully fledge its chicks under those conditions.

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