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Say's Phoebe has a black tail, and distinctly orange belly. They catch insects in flight, or they hover and drop down on a victim.


There were two Say's Phoebes in the rafters of the Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, and both had just snared a flying insect.


Life Bird Photograph #228.


Charles Bonaparte, a nephew of Napoleon, named the Say’s Phoebe after American naturalist Thomas Say, the first scientist to encounter the bird, at a site near Cañon City, Colorado, in 1819. During the same expedition, Say also collected 10 additional bird species. Despite finding several new bird species in his career, Say is perhaps better known as the “father of American entomology.”

The call of the Eastern Phoebe is one of the few names that actually matches the call of the bird. A flycatcher, I don't see this bird at my feeder at all, since they catch insects for food.


Taken 23 October 2016 at Huntley Meadows Park, Virginia.

My first sighting of an Eastern Phoebe. It's springtime!


This pair have raised two sets of babies this year in the same nest. The last ones fledged yesterday and there were 5 or 6 in the tiny nest! Poor parents were working themselves silly trying to feed them all. And as for me... I was glad to see them go as my photos of them revealed that they, the nest and the barn boards the nest was attached to seemed to be crawling with lice. This nest is fairly close to my chickens and the best I can see, my chickens don't have lice and I don't want them to! So yea....glad to see them go! :)

Phat Times in the Borough of Kinnelon, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, USA

The Eastern Phoebes have returned

to our farmyard this week. Each year, for the past six or so years, they've chosen the exact same place to nest - on a platform near the rafters inside our woodshed.

A well-worn adult carries greens to feed the brood not too far away.

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe


Taking time out from feeding on flying insects that venture too close. These birds will fly out from a perch, catch a bug in mid air, and usually return to the same perch.


Oakland County, MI

I have a backlog of photos from the last week and a rainy day is a good day to work on them. This Say's Phoebe was found at Point Roberts hawking insects on a future construction site.

Not sure about the ID.


EDIT: Seems to be a Say's phoebe. (Thanks to KOHoff, John, Jeff, and anyone I might be missing for the ID.)


Also, thanks for the many "great timing" and such comments -- but you didn't see the other fifty shots, which alternated between featuring "bird doing absolutely nothing interesting" and "centimeter of bird tail as it leaves the frame." I'm an OK photographer, but I'm even better at editing my own work, I think.


Taken at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve.

Phoebe loves to put her face in the snow and then bark. It sounds so funny because it's muffled, but it's lots of fun for her.

Like other phoebes, the Say’s Phoebe is seemingly undaunted by people and often nests on buildings. These open-country birds have cinnamon-washed underparts and a rather gentle expression. They sally from low perches to snatch insects in midair or pounce on them on the ground. Say’s Phoebes often pump their tails while perched on a wire, fence post, or low bush. They breed farther north than any other flycatcher and are seemingly limited only by the lack of nest sites.


Say’s Phoebes really blend into their desert surroundings despite their cinnamon-washed bellies. They can be quite vocal at times which helps locate them, but at other times they are quiet and can easily go undetected. Listen for a clear, slurred whistle and a burry, hiccupping note. Keep your eyes low to the ground and watch for quick movements from low shrubs as they sally out to grab an insect or two. Look for them perched on top of low shrubs or fence posts. During the breeding season, they may be found around buildings; you may even be able to spot a nest under an eave.

Cornell University Lab of Ornithology


She's really pretty.. she has beautiful soft make up and so much hair...:)


she's wearing her stock shirt and shoes and also a beautiful Pomponette hat... Thank you Diana... :)


Finally!These pics are well made and we can see how beautiful really is the new girl!Thanks,Junie Moon!!!!

Juvenile Black Phoebe letting his parents know he's starving as he looks up in the sky for his next meal to arrive.

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, CA

Black Phoebe at Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica.

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) ~ Polk County, Florida


Thanks for visiting!

Pair nesting under the eve at the peak of our home.

This Says Phoebe absolutely wanted to have her picture taken. I was fumbling around trying to get the scope on the bird and it would jump from one perch to another.


Digiscoped Using:

I most commonly shoot from inside my truck using the window mount shown in the digiscoping set.

It's rare that I use the tripod because the truck makes a great blind.

Nikon P5000 camera

Nikon 82mm ED Fieldscope angled body

Nikon 30X Wide DS Eyepiece

Nikon FSB-6 Bracket

Manfrotto 055MF3 Tripod w/ Manfrotto 3130 micro fluid head

Bogen 3292 Car Window Pod with Manfrotto 3130 micro fluid head

See my Digiscoping Set for a lot more information.

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Dodge 4X4, Levi Jeans, no-name knit shirt, fruit of the loom underwear, el cheapo sandals and the rest you don't want to know.

Digiscoping has really caught fire. I'm amazed at how many photographers are taking the plunge.


A flock of Eastern Phoebes (Sayornis phoebe) were flying around one late afternoon after a thunderstorm in Piedmont Park.

I posted two shots of this Eastern Phoebe this evening. This view shows her on a favorite perch in her habitat. I also posted a close portrait taken when she flew very close to me.


Eastern Phoebes almost always nest on human built structures. In this case the nest is under a boardwalk that traverses a popular wetland area in St. Albert.


She has given many of us great photo ops.


John E. Poole Wetland. St. Albert, Alberta.


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I posted two shots of this Eastern Phoebe this evening. I got this portrait shot when she flew in close, and also a shot of her on one of her favorite perches in her habitat.


Eastern Phoebes almost always nest on human built structures. In this case the nest is under a boardwalk that traverses a popular wetland area in St. Albert.


She has given many of us great photo ops.


John E. Poole Wetland. St. Albert, Alberta.


Member of the Flickr Bird Brigade

Activists for birds and wildlife


An Eastern Phoebe. Just think, if you were a guy would you want to be called Phoebe?

see another image from this family shoot here.


these pictures were shot in tribute to the little girl this family is adopting (phoebe is big sis)... she will be arriving from china around christmas time. :) according to a chinese legend, people who are destined to be together, to meet sometime someplace (similar to the concept of soulmates), walk around with an invisible red string tied around their ankles. the string can twist and turn and tangle but it can never break. and that was the basis for our shoot!!


in other news, its time to put a hold on work and celebrate halloween! im dressing up as cruella deville. pics to follow on my facebook in youre interested. :P

Black phoebe dives with laser-like focus for an unsuspecting bug. It must take a lot of those to make a meal.

Meet the newly rewigged Phoebe! Her wig arrived yesterday and I really like how she looks now. While I love the color of her stock wig, I'm not crazy about the parting. I like how this shade brings out her softer side, yet she remains a punk because of her high ponytail. n__n

It's a sure sign of spring when we see the Eastern phoebes hard at work building their nests!



Pose: Del May ~ Boop

Skin: Glam Affair ~ Roza BaroQ with Leah Lips No 22

Makeup: Guerilla

Hat: Antine in Black [unreleased]

Necklace & Earrings: Phoebe

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