We love bird watching and here in the Sierra Foothills we have a huge variety of birds that we enjoy! One of my favorite birds in our area is the Black Phoebe! It is a small bird that is beneficial to us as it is a flycatcher! And, a pair of these little birds have decided to make our home theirs too! We could not be happier and love sharing with them! So let’s take a look at this lovely little bird, shall we?The black phoebe is a small, plump little black bird that has a white belly, and a bit of a crest on its head. It feeds on flies and when it catches one it makes a snapping sound.
The black phoebe is a monogamous bird. Once they pair up, it is the male that finds sites for possible nests, but it is the female that makes the choice. When the male finds a spot he thinks is suitable, he will hover in front of the spot for 5 – 10 seconds. If the female likes the spot, she will be the one to build the nest.
The female builds a nest out of mud, so a source of water needs to be nearby. The nest measures 3 – 8 inches in length and about as wide. It is solid with the exception of the top where she pads the nest with plant fibers. The bowl of the nest in only about 1″ deep and about 2 1/2″ wide.
We discovered that we had a nest on our house due to the mud and bird droppings that showed up on the side deck of the house. With a nest comes babies, and we have babies!
The pair stay close to nest. They have decided that the peak above the nest is a good watching point for any possible predators.
Watching the babies has been a treat as they look over at down at me.
Initially I thought that there was only one, but then I saw a second beak!
There were three, but one fell from the nest and was buried yesterday. We love having this lovely little flycatcher around our house. To hear what the black phoebe sounds like, click here and scroll down the page a short bit.
If nothing else, this lovely little bird makes a wonderful roof ornament!
I hope that you enjoyed your brief encounter with our black phoebes! Now go out and have a great Sunday, and thank you for stopping by!