Black Phoebe

The Black Phoebe often sits on our 'Shasta' driftwood, preening and looking all the while for prey.
When it sees an insect fly by, or struggling on the water surface, it flies off to catch it mid-air or skim it from the water surface.

In the image to the left, it has just taken an insect from the water surface. Phoebes are always associated with water. If you provide a nesting ledge under your eves in a quiet, protected site, you'll probably be rewarded with their building a mud cup-shaped nest. Soon there will be 3-5 young who I SWEAR say, "Feed me, feed me!"

If you'd like to learn more about Phoebes you might enjoy reading my "Critters in your Pond"article on Phoebes that was first printed in the March 1997 IPS (Internet Pond Society) On-line magazine.