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A Black Phoebe sits atop a post, singing and looking for breakfast.


The Black Phoebe is a dapper flycatcher of the western U.S. with a sooty black body and crisp white belly.


They sit in the open on low perches to scan for insects, often keeping up a running series of shrill chirps.


Black Phoebes use mud to build cup-shaped nests against walls, overhangs, culverts, and bridges. Look for them near any water source from small streams, to suburbs, all the way to the salt-sprayed rocks and cliffs of the Pacific Ocean.


(Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

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.”

Kind thanks to everyone who has taken the time to view, fave or comment on my photo. It is very much appreciated!


A different profile of a phoebe I posted the other day. Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


1/200 sec. f/8 483mm ISO125

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.

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!


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.

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


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.

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) ~ Polk County, Florida


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Eastern Phoebe

Swansea, Massachusetts


Yesterday's Nor'easter had me looking back into the warm weather archives. Every spring a pair of Eastern Phoebes makes a nest on a small (disconnected) alarm box tucked up under the eave of the north end of our house. This year they started to land on the Paperbark Maple we planted just outside a nearby window, granting the perfect opportunity for a close and clear shot from a convenient blind. Mom (or Dad?) is keeping one eye on the nest here.

A Say's Phoebe perches on a roof at Southwestern Research Station in Cave Creek Canyon in Portal, AZ. Photographed on 04/21/2017.


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

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... :)


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.


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

Cool little bird... Taken In "Chippewa National Forest" in northern MN

Eastern Phoebe in Warbler Woods at John Heinz NWR


Species 101 for the Challenge 150


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

Eastern Phoebe Leesylvania State Park Bushy Point Trail

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



In rural Oregon south of The Dalles.

Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) from Broomfield County, Colorado, USA.

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

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


Pose: Del May ~ Boop

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

Makeup: Guerilla

Hat: Antine in Black [unreleased]

Necklace & Earrings: Phoebe

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

Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans, San Simeon, California.

Phoebe hadn't been outside for days, it had been so wet. She ventured out and found herself in a jungle of tangled weeds and flowers and grasses. Did the rain make everything grow so much?

What magic was afoot?

She seemed to have shrunk and was frightened she might see a mouse!


Just having a play and thank you for looking. xx

Eastern Phoebe Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Photographs taken whilst teaching my sister photography(:

Model: Phoebe Davis

Eastern Phoebe with a fly for her nestlings. Carden Alvar near Orillia, Ontario

Phoebe loves Eurotrash -- she really, really does :D

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