When we arrived at my in-laws house in Norridgewock, Maine on Friday this sweet little phoebe flew out from its nest beneath the eaves of the garage and into this nearby tree.
My father-in-law built this ledge just for the phoebes when he and mom first moved into this house and the birds have returned here to nest ever since.
The nest is constructed of grass, moss and mud usually in a sheltered location and often under roofs or bridges and sometimes inside of old barns. The parents raise the chicks together and feed them insects and caterpillars. However, I only saw one parent the whole time I was here. Below are just a few pretty things I saw around the yard as I wandered looking for more birds.
While I saw a couple of cedar waxwings flying through the treetops the only other birds I recorded were birds that I heard: a black-capped chickadee, some robins, and a white-throated sparrow. The waxwings were a nice find and my first record of them at this location and for all of Somerset County, Maine. But I was not done birding yet. I really hit the jackpot when I took a drive down to Oosoola Park! Yeah, that post is coming next! See you then!
And there’s Poetry happening over at Kathie’s Poet Tree!