The Eastern Phoebe
I am always amazed at the courage of this little bird; I suppose their bravery is why I have so many pictures of this member of the flycatcher family. Their big eyes and pudgy body make them a favorite of mine as well. I had the good fortune to watch a pair of these little tiges fend off a snake who was intent on consuming their newly hatched chicks. The snake finally gave up and move on to something else.
One of our most familiar eastern flycatchers, the Eastern Phoebe’s raspy “phoebe” call is a frequent sound around yards and farms in spring and summer. These brown-and-white songbirds sit upright and wag their tails from prominent, low perches. They typically place their mud-and-grass nests in protected nooks on bridges, barns, and houses, which adds to the species’ familiarity to humans.
This is a water color digital painting, one of a series of song bird cards I am working on.