Phoebe Nest Parasitized by Cowbirds
The Eastern Phoebe is a flycatcher that is common here in New Brunswick. It frequently nests under eaves, bridges and other man-made overhangs. It is a medium-sized flycatcher that characteristically wags or dips its tail. It is grayish above with the gray being darker on the head. Its underparts are white with a pale yellow wash on its sides and breast. It has a friendly call note, saying its own name, 'Phoebe phoebe'. In our yard it receives a warm welcome as it returns in the spring from its wintering area in southeastern US and Mexico.
The first fledgling that left the nest was the bird pictured below, a young Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater).
|Brown-headed Cowbird Fledgling|
|Brown-headed Cowbirds - 2 Males, Female|
|Brown-headed Cowbird Male|