Thursday, December 3, 2015

Eastern Phoebe Calling Fee-Bee


Eastern Phoebe rapidly singing their primary song "Fee-Bee" high in a treetop on a cloudy, windy day. In case you weren't sure how to pronounce "Phoebe" the little bird is telling you! Later you'll hear their "chip" call. Poor filming environment at long distance in poor light, but in this case the bird call was the goal. These birds are arriving on their winter roosting area and behave very differently that when they are up north in warmer months breeding. Down here they are quite elusive - typically staying high in the big trees like their equally elusive full-time resident cousin the Great Crested Flycatcher. I left this video unedited so you can get a sense of the challenges.
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