Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

By AF3LMike | af3l_mike | 31 Mar 2019


One of the most familiar flycatchers from the central U.S.A. to the east coast U.S.A. is the Eastern Phoebe. A very common bird found in the mountains, rural areas, small towns. Not so much in larger communities but not ruled out. These birds are really a very calm bird, almost tame to some point. It isn't unusual to be standing somewhere and an Eastern Phoebe lands maybe 10ft away and begins singing or calling. A very easy bird to photograph. The size of the Eastern Phoebe is sparrow size or smaller and just a fun bird to watch as they wag their tail when they are perched. Here are some photos of the Eastern Phoebe from Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Cool facts about the Eastern Phoebe are provide from "The Cornell Lab of Ornithology" website

1. In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe's leg to track its return in successive years

2. The use of buildings and bridges for nest sites has allowed the Eastern Phoebe to tolerate the landscape changes made by humans and even expand its range. However, it still uses natural nest sites when they are available

3. Unlike most birds, Eastern Phoebes often reuse nests in subsequent years—and sometimes Barn Swallows use them in between. In turn, Eastern Phoebes may renovate and use old American Robin or Barn Swallow nests themselves

4. The Eastern Phoebe is a loner, rarely coming in contact with other phoebes. Even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together. They may roost together early in pair formation, but even during egg laying the female frequently chases the male away from her

5. The oldest known Eastern Phoebe was at least 10 years, 4 months old. It had been banded in Iowa in 1979, and was found in 1989 in Alberta



My camera equipment:

Canon EOS 60D body

Canon EF-S 18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for Canon EF mount

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di Vc USD Lens for Canon

All photos are handshot, no tripod

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this post. Have a great day/night wherever you may be

 

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AF3LMike
AF3LMike

My name is Michael from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I am 47 yrs old and have created this blog for my passion of bird, other wildlife, landscape photography, basically anything that captures my interest with a camera. I hope you enjoy what I post


af3l_mike
af3l_mike

My name is Michael from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I am 47 yrs old and have created this blog for my passion of bird, other wildlife, landscape photography and basically anything that captures my interest with a camera. I hope you enjoy what I post

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