Say's Phoebe

June 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It was recently brought to my attention that some baby birds were about to happen.  Mama had built her nest in an awkward viewing location for humans so it was tricky to get a good shot. Tricky, as in, balanced on stairs with the camera held over my head and someone else telling me when the frame was in focus.  At first, it was thought that there was only one baby in the nest.  But once we zoomed in we counted five little fuzzy headed beaks waiting patiently for their mama's return.  Mama, was watching us closely, waiting until we left to join her babies.  We weren't sure what kind of bird she was so I did some research later and my best guess is that she is a Say's Phoebe.  They lay 4-7 eggs and, once hatched, the babies become fledglings at 12-14 days.  Mama and Papa are monogamous and will sometimes lay a second clutch. 

We hope you enjoy my death defying photos.  ;)  Included is a short video clip where you can see some movement in the nest.  (the squeak noises in the beginning are me trying to wake the babies)

 


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