Sunday, July 11, 2010

Phoebe Family Feeding

By Friday, the phoebe nest (see Phoebe Nest Compendium post) was on the ground and there were no birds to be seen or heard. I wished them well. Then this morning, out the bedroom window (no, I wasn't climbing trees, at least that early) I saw a phoebe-size bird fly off the deck and out onto a nearby tree branch. Sure enough, also on the branch was one of the little guys. The adult made a couple more quick visits over a ten minute period, and the camera managed to catch one of the transfers of an insect to the hungry kid. Guess the adults aren't finished caring for the family yet, and we're glad to have the flying "mosquito collectors" still in residence. I may tend to anthropomorphize everything, but doesn't Mom look a little haggard here, at least compared to four weeks ago?
Easter phoebes (Sayornis phoebe)

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