The raspy, harsh, high-pitched squawk of the Eastern Phoebe. The Eastern Phoebe, springs first flycatcher, arrives at the first hint of buds begining to burst from tree branches. The newly-hatched baby birds apparently do eject fecal sacs from the start, and the parent birds often (always?) And those birds were on a building spree. Yes, the relief was very short lived. It's normal for fledglings to be out of the nest and on the ground. They would have had no way to protect themselves from the weather in the wild, and they would have been forced to spend precious energy producing heat that they couldn’t even hold onto. The song, and I use that word extremely loosely, of the Eastern Phoebe is very simple to recognize because this bird simply says its name. Phoebes will build in the woods and in fact that is their true habitat; however, why construct your home out in the open, and submit your family to all sorts of weather, when there is a perfectly splendid wooden structure nearby with all kinds of cozy alcoves to break the harsh storms and heat of summer? Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. Intern, Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, These three Phoebes came to us on June 17th as fledglings, but their road to rehab actually began ten days before that. this is the second group of babies to come from this nest this year. However, I am fairly certain that this comfy little cottage is being passed down from generation to generation. We’ve had them on a proper diet that’s rich in protein, and their tails are growing in beautifully! The first piece of prime real estate they chose was in a secluded corner under the covered front porch. This time, much to our relief, at first, the Phoebes didn’t build on the front porch. The adult would fly in, land next to the fledgling and quickly jam an insect into the fledglings wide open beak. At the end of the season, finally, my son removed the nest and washed down the area. The adult Eastern Phoebe arrives to feed the young. Please check your entries and try again. They sometimes even hover in midair to glean insects off of foliage! They make longer and more controlled flights each day, and they recently figured out how to smack their prey against their perches to kill it – including their cooked egg and soaked kitten food. Status: Ongoing assessment with an expected releaseThough the consequences of the Phoebes’ malnutrition will take time to overcome, their overall condition has improved greatly since their arrival. “Are you kidding me?” (Not my exact words.) Their feathers were tattered and broken, so the birds were unable to maintain their waterproofing or regulate their core temperature. If the bird is in danger on the ground, however, place it in a tree and out of harms way. Close up of Phoebe Says Its Name in Acrylic. We’ve had them on a proper diet that’s rich in protein, and their tails are growing in beautifully! Seemingly quite tame, it often nests around buildings and bridges where it is easily observed. And then, I heard it. *Please remember: Besides the fact that wild birds require incredibly specific and intensive care, keeping them without a license is illegal. Those felonious Phoebes were building a nest on top of the light fixture directly above the door. by Becca NovelloIntern, Center for Wild Bird RehabilitationSpecies: Eastern PhoebeAge: FledglingsCause for Admission: Abduction – Healthy birds removed from nest and parents These three Phoebes came to us on June 17th as fledglings, but their road to rehab actually began ten days before that. They have basically kept the same nest; they just build it a little higher each year. And besides, what would a Phoebe be without its characteristic tail twitch? After finding their nest at a construction site, some members of… We can advise you on how to best deal with the situation and what to do if interference is necessary. Contact blog@vinsweb.org with questions or comments. They watch closely for insects from low perches; when they see a potential meal passing by, they flit off the perch, snag it in their beak, and swing right back to home base. The three noisier Phoebe siblings looking like a singing act as they beg to be fed. Haven't found any specific to the Eastern Phoebe, but, many species' behaviors are similar. At first it was cute and very cool having a picture window view of the happy mama- and- papa- to- be building their nest, flying in pieces of sticks, moss, feathers, and mud. After finding their nest at a construction site, some members of… There is nothing like the beautiful warble of a songbird; such as the Carolina Wren, the House Wren, the Tufted Tit Mouse,  and so many more. If you see a bird that you believe to be injured, ill, or orphaned, call the VINS hotline immediately! Their feathers were tattered and broken, so the birds were unable to maintain their waterproofing or regulate their core temperature. A Phoebe fledgling sits quietly on its own. Now considering the short lifespan of the Eastern Phoebe, some say up to ten years, I’m relatively sure these are not our original pair. by Becca NovelloIntern, Center for Wild Bird RehabilitationSpecies: Eastern PhoebeAge: FledglingsCause for Admission: Abduction – Healthy birds removed from nest and parents These three Phoebes came to us on June 17th as fledglings, but their road to rehab actually began ten days before that.