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Cheep, Cheep, Cheep

June 12th, 2018

Ever since we moved here, we have a pair of phoebes that build a nest or two each summer in the alcove above the door to the garage. They keep building up on the previous nest, when that one got too close to the roof, they started a new one. The other day I heard the little birdies in the nest chirping when I walked by.

Phoebes are great birds to have around, I see them swooping around to catch flies and mosquitoes all the time. Yesterday, while I was working in the office, I could see one catching cabbage butterflies in the potager!

I’m happy these lovely birds come back year after year. Any bird that eats mosquitoes and garden pests is always encouraged. We didn’t have phoebes in Ohio, so they were a new bird for us when we moved here. They’re much like the wrens that we loved in Ohio as far as pest control.

What birds are you enjoying watching at the moment?

3 Comments to “Cheep, Cheep, Cheep”
  1. JJ on June 12, 2018 at 7:01 am

    We always have a steady parade of robins and grey catbirds using the birdbath in our yard at this time of the year. The catbirds are especially bold, and don’t care if we happen to be a few feet away when they land in the bath. The resident “little brown birds” (assorted sparrows and finches) will more often go for a dust bath, and we leave a few spots of bare ground for them on the shady side of the yard.

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  2. Sacha Buller on June 12, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    My daughter’s name is Phoebe and I often call her my little phoebe bird. Although I’ve never stepped food on the East Coast (except a brief layover in JFK), it makes me happy to know that there’s a little phoebe bird out there cheeping away. Thank you, by the way, for the lovely Springtime cassis violet and anise hyssop seeds that I bought in your shop and which are beautiful and happily growing in my garden! It’s a little bit of Maine in the North Cascades of Washington.

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  3. laura on June 15, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve mostly been keeping my eye on the hummingbirds that have begun hanging around my little garden. We have cardinal, robins, chickadees and I’ve seen an oriel or two.

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