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

I 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 fledged its chicks under those conditions.

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