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The Eastern Phoebe, Dear Me

The Eastern Pheobe’s name comes from it’s call- “Phoebe”. Thornton W. Burgess named the Phoebe in his book “Dear Me” because he described it’s called as “Dear me! Dear Me! Dear Me!” Which one do you think fits the Phoebe’s call:

I think it’s hard to decide which one captures it, but I do favor Burgess’ “Dear Me” version.

The Eastern Phoebe is a Flycatcher, which include a number of birds that feed on insects. You’ll see flycatchers perched somewhere only to dart quickly into the air to catch an insect before perching again in wait. I love this video about the Eastern Phoebe and really recommend subscribing to Lead with Nature’s YouTube channel:

One really interesting fact from allaboutbirds.org is that “In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track it’s return in successive years.” (source).

Here are the other things we gathered about the Eastern Phoebe:

Form 1, Grade 3 Student

Until next time, keep on birding! <3 Kate

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